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ERIC Number: EJ923460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Tools for Activating Materials and Tasks in the English Language Classroom
Rosenberg, Rick
English Teaching Forum, v47 n4 p2-11, 27 2009
Most teachers have seen the reactions students can have to tasks and activities that they do not find engaging: the glassy or rolling eyes, the unfocused behavior, and the cries of "Not again!" This article provides practical techniques that the author's students have helped him learn over the years to better "activate" materials and tasks in the English language classroom while tapping into students' interests, needs, and aims. Activation techniques, then, are tools to make materials and tasks more interactive and more learner-focused, encouraging students to take more responsibility for their own learning. This article demonstrates activating techniques through three strategies: (1) elicitation; (2) gapping; and (3) adaptation/extension.
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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