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ERIC Number: EJ1156434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Rapport-Building Activity
Huzieff, Nicholas
English Teaching Forum, v55 n3 p35-37 2017
This article defines rapport in a teaching context as knowing your students, their different learning styles, and using that relationship with them to teach on a personal level. The author describes an activity using playdough. While giving learners opportunities to interact with others it naturally appeals to a variety of learning styles, including visual, kinesthetic, linguistic, logical, and social. Activating students' different learning styles motivates them to be more engaged in the task at hand and serves as a means for them to naturally build rapport with one another and with the teacher. The activity is meant for English language learners with at least a pre-intermediate level of proficiency in English. The time required to carry out the activity is between 40 minutes and an hour, and includes a list of supplies needed, as well as a recipe for hand made play dough.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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