Thursday, 25 June 2009

CLIL in the classroom

Here’s a nice way for your business English students to practice their English, talk about their course/ jobs, and learn about a nice Excel application all at the same time. I recently played this video downloaded from YouTube in new class with a small group of business students. It shows how to make a rudimentary Gantt chart using an Excel spreadsheet. It’s very clearly explained in a step-by-step fashion.

Afterwards the group then made a Gantt chart to outline the stages planned/goals set for our course.

In order to do this in your lesson you will need a computer and a projector. If you don’t have YouTube access in your classroom – possibly due to a company firewall – you can always download the video to your computer at home first. See Anne’s post from March 19th on how to do this.

Finally, for homework, students make their own Gantt charts on business or personal topics relevant for them to present the following week. It was quite fun and the students not only learned how to do it, but also through English! :-)

Let me know how it works out for you.

1 comment:

Anne Hodgson said...

Hi Mike,

This is really cool. I'm a novice at using Excel for charts, so it's interesting to see this potential. It's nice to fiddle with software together then in English, I can imagine this went well!
You don't happen to have a favorite video list on Youtube that you can share, do you?

Will you be coming to Munich anytime soon?