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A Level English Linguistic Lesson Starters

Beth Kemp | Monday March 11, 2013

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  • A Level English Language Starters: Frameworks & Analysis
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  • A Level English Language Starters: Language & Gender
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  • A Level English Language Starters: Child Language Acquisition
  • A Level English Language Starters: Language & Power

This collection of suggestions includes ice-breaker or ‘getting to know you’ ideas which are especially suitable for a new class and some broadly ‘English’ lesson starters suitable for either English Language or Literature (or the combined English Language and Literature A Level) lessons, and some specific topic-related ideas. The focus here is on suitable starters for A Level classes, as starters for lower levels and younger ages are more readily available.

Ice Breakers

Human Bingo is an old favourite which can be quite easily given more of an ‘English’ subject-oriented flavour. The basic idea is that students, in a fixed amount of time, have to find others who fit certain criteria.  There are several possible ways of approaching this, depending on how much time you want to give it, how well the students might already know each other, and how much prep you can give it.  Here are some possible approaches (with templates / handouts where appropriate):

  • Students have a number of squares into which they write other students’ names (see Samples & Proformas at the end of this resource)
  • Students have a list of criteria and must fulfil a certain number of them, perhaps with other restrictions (see Samples & Proformas at the end of this resource)
  • Students can be given a considerable amount of control and allowed to find their own ‘things in common’ (similar to the example above). This version works particularly well for the first lesson with a newly-shuffled second year class.

Either way, these games can work at getting a new class...


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