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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 92 (2013年04月12日)

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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 92
April 2013 Treasure Hunt
Ideas for Student Intros and Projects
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Culture Studies

It's April, and soon our classrooms will be full of new students. It
is a time of uncertainty for everyone. We teachers don't know much
about our young charges, and they don't know much about us or each
other. Speaking activities in language classes can really help
students become more comfortable with their new environment and
classmates. And by allowing students to be creative and expressive,
everyone in the classroom can get to know a lot more about each
other. So this month I'd like to offer some websites that can give
students a way to express themselves.

First up are two sites that you can use to explore your birthday.
The results can be used as part of a self-introduction. Just type in
your birthday and check out the results. Wolfram Alpha is a
computational search engine and has a wide range of uses, but it
returns very nice and simple results when you input your birthday.
Find out how many days old you are, what day of the week you were
born on, and what significant events happened on your birthday.

Even better is Take Me Back To, a website that creates a collage of
information about your birthday. It is very American-centered, but
you can see the tops songs, books, films and news from the month you
were born. http://takemeback.to/

Letting students produce creative little projects can be a nice way
to foster group camaraderie and give students a chance to interact.
One easy one is to have students make a short comic or illustrated
story explaining their reasons for choosing the present school or
their hopes plans for their futures. Storyboard That is a very easy
to use website that is very flexible. http://www.storyboardthat.com/.
For more humorous illustrations, you can also try Write Comics.

Easy radio shows can be produced and delivered using web-based
recorders at Vocaroo or Apowersoft. http://vocaroo.com/ and
http://www.apowersoft.com/free-audio-recorder-online. Or if you want
to have everyone's introductions in one place, start a thread at
Voxopop. http://www.voxopop.com/

If your students are a little more tech savvy, you could even let
them try to create videos at Wideo (registration requied).

Good luck with your new term and see you next month.