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Review: Language Fuel online training

I love a freebie! I‘ve just completed a two-week free trial of Language Fuel. Overall, I give it an ELTplanning thumbs up. Skip to the end for my overall thoughts…

Language Fuel (Academy) is an online training platform both for ELT teachers and learners. This review focuses solely on resources designed for teachers. They offer a suite of online courses (currently over 30 of them) via a membership model. A Premium membership is around 15 UK pounds per month, although there are discounts for institutional membership. There are also occasional freebies like webinars offered through the platform and their free ‘community membership’, so it’s worth a visit just to sign up for that.

Who is it aimed at?

I’ve completed around 10 of the courses. Overall, most were aimed at TKT or CELTA-level trainees, or what Cambridge would describe as Foundation or Developing level teachers.

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Spelling races with mini-whiteboards

I don’t do enough spelling practice. I should develop in that area, definitely. But one fun thing I do is a simple whiteboard spelling game as a review.

Give each team (about 4 students) a mini whiteboard, pen, eraser. Say one of the target words, and students spell it on the board. But…

  • Each student can only write one letter
  • They must then pass the board to their left
  • The next student writes the next letter
  • Students can collaborate over the spelling
  • When they’ve completed the word they hold the board up. The first team to finish gets a point.

Not got mini whiteboards? Just use a laminated piece of paper and some tissue as the rubber.

One team keeps winning…

Ha! Always happens. The game is just for fun. If a team keeps winning just get them to use their wrong hand to write each letter! Educational value, a bit. Fun and hilarity, plenty.

Alternative:

On our CELTA YL course one teacher put piles of letters (cut up) on each desk. He said a word and students worked together to construct it using the letters. One student tended to take over, but you could introduce some rules to prevent this.

I’m writing a series of short posts in response to Martin Sketchley’s blog challenge. You can view his new blog here.