At a Glance

Discipline

  • Languages

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • Langue française et communication

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Solving problems
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Presenting
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Low tech Active Learning Classroom
  • 6 White Boards With Different Coloured Markers

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Purpose

  • Application & practice

Overview

In this activity, students pick a homophone out of a hat and are asked to first analyze it then to prepare a short two minute teaching lesson (2 minutes) by preparing example sentences, fill in the blank exercises, and memory tricks.  

In class, two members from each of the groups stands up and moves to the next table. The students who switch groups are the “Students” and the ones who stay at their original tables are the “Teachers”. The Teachers present their homophones to the students when ...

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In this activity, students pick a homophone out of a hat and are asked to first analyze it then to prepare a short two minute teaching lesson (2 minutes) by preparing example sentences, fill in the blank exercises, and memory tricks.  

In class, two members from each of the groups stands up and moves to the next table. The students who switch groups are the “Students” and the ones who stay at their original tables are the “Teachers”. The Teachers present their homophones to the students when they come and give them examples and ask them questions to test their knowledge. This is repeated until the students have returned to their original tables and the roles switch.  

After the activity the instructor gives the students a short dictation to evaluate their improvement work 5% and has the students put their group work (sentences, analysis, and tricks) online for the class to have access to. Students then work on exercises on homophones in their workbooks. 

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Instructional Objectives

  • To revise homophones and to find out new tricks to memorise and use them. This is a good grammar revision on where you might look for homophones in a sentence (where you would expect to find them) 
  • To share knowledge and strategies of recognition 
  • To help students feel more at ease with their knowledge by putting them in a situation where they have to synthesize it into an effective 2 minute lesson. 

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Activité sur les homophones

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Homophones Cards

Worksheet / Problem set

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Dictation

Readings / Viewings

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Activity Homophones

Teacher Instructions

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Contributor's Notes

Benefits

  • Each student is able to find a role based on how well they already know the material either as a teacher or as a student 
  • The teacher is able to assess where everyone is finding trouble 
  • This activity provides students with strategies to improve their writing 
  • Some students develop the capacity to clearly explain and develop a strategy of teaching (ex. Preparing a fill in the blank for the Students to answer) 
  • The variety of tricks makes it versatile for different types of learners 

Challenges

  • Tricks are not always imaginative 
  • Sometimes students assume that they already know a certain homophone well enough and so do not put as much effort into coming up with something creative or robust for it  

Tips

  • Get the Teacher to ask the Students a question to take them further (make them use it in a sentence with two homophones) 
  • This is good at any point in the semester (as a refresher or in order to prepare them right before a writing assignment) 

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