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Encouraging Disinterested Middle or High School ESL Students with Sports

Every student isn't going to be intrinsically motivated, especially in language learning. Finding a subject that students love to talk about helps motivate them! Sports is something that I find many disinterested students are actually interested in. I am not a huge sports fan, so here's a collection of resources I find helpful for the fans and non-fans among us.
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Encouraging Disinterested Middle or High School ESL Students with Sports
  • Krista Greiner says:
    This website provides a lot of great questions for a conversation class. It can be adjusted for all levels and is fantastic with multi-level classrooms, especially if you have a multi-cultural student base. All the students really seem to love talking about sports in their own country and explaining fun parts of their culture to each other and the teacher.
  • Krista Greiner says:
    I haven't read the full text of this research, but the abstract is pretty clear: Playing sports in class aides in learning and retention. My students certainly need more activity in their lives and adding in a day where they play the sports we're talking about, speaking only English, improves their focus and motivation for weeks, even if there wasn't research to prove it.
  • Krista Greiner says:
    This is a collection of lessons about sports. They include videos, worksheets, and games for many of the lessons. I find these helpful with students that have a very low interest in English, but love sports. Personally, I know very little about sports, but these lessons make it possible for me to teach students topics they're interested in, even if I'm not! Also, InsideOut has a huge archive of valuable resources and it's worth taking a further look into the website.
  • ncte.org
    ncte.org

    Sports Stories and Critical Media Literacy

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    Krista Greiner says:
    This is a great article about the benefits of sports based English classes. They also give specific examples of materials they've used and how they fit the Common Core standards specifically. There are a lot of cohesive ideas presented in the article, as well as analysis of why sports based English classes are beneficial for low-level English learners.
  • LearnEnglish Teens

    Website Blog
    learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org
    learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org
    Krista Greiner says:
    A blog for students written by students. I really like that if the students respond to the blog post, the writer will write back. There's a good deal of personal buy-in and there are many blogs on this site, not just this one. I find this useful as a homework assignment or in getting them to start blogs of their own.
  • Premier League Lesson Plan

    Website
    premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org
    premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org
    Krista Greiner says:
    This is an entire lesson plan, including video, of famous soccer players talking about learning English. If you have soccer/football fans in your class it might be just what they need to hear some of their heros talk about their struggles with English. It is a British website, but I find for ESL students they're much more interested in "football" than soccer and most of the teams they know are British.
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