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Here is a list I wrote to remind myself of the many modalities I can use in my class. 

Instructions:  Just think back to your last week or two of teaching and check the boxes off.  (To maximize this exercise, do it at regular intervals for several weeks.) Don’t expect to check all the boxes.    This is a self-observation tool.  The aim to help you become aware of the modalities you favor and the ones you avoid.  The real work is in trying to switch things up and use one of the un-checked modalities on this list.  

Did the students . . . 

1.          look at illustrations or photographs?


2.          look at charts, graphs, or maps?


3.          read silently? 


4.          read along as they listen to someone read aloud?


5.          read aloud to others?


6.          write in their notebooks?


7.          write on the board?


8.          trace words with their fingers?


9.          practice pronunciation chorally? 


10.       practice pronunciation chorally with one ear plugged? 


11.       practice pronunciation individually?


12.       use gestures, symbols,  or physical feedback to correct their pronunciation? (see Sarah’s blog “Let’s Get Physical:  Teaching Pronunciation”


13.       use movement or music to improve their intonation?


14.       study with flashcards?


15.       make their own flashcards?


16.       highlight or underline words in a text?


17.       write a vocabulary list?


18.       listen to the audio?


19.       listen to another student speaking English?


20.       listen for specific features:  stress, syllables, sounds, rhymes?


21.       work in small groups?


22.       work individually?


23.       work as a whole class on one question or assignment?


24.       work on a computer?


25.       use a dictionary or translating device?


26.       use a cell phone to show pictures?


27.       change seats?


28.       stand up in front of a group or the class?


29.       mime the meaning of a word or phrase?


30.       listen to relaxing music while doing individual work?


31.       listen to the words in a song?



Are there other modalities you use in your classroom that I didn’t list? Please share your ideas!

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