|| OPPortunities in
- To get students meaningfully communicating with each other
- To develop trust between class members so they can more easily
share some of their other creative work.
- If done from scratch, to provide a creative activity that is linked
to the writing they will do with it. Using creativity outside of the
content of their writing helps get them "in the mood".
- A simply made, portable mailbox (a covered cardboard box will
do). The instructor can either bring it ready-made, or can bring
materials for students to make a class mailbox together (maybe a small
group who finishes some other activity first).
- Lots of ready-made envelopes in varying sizes/colors, if
possible. Or, large pieces of paper, wrapping paper, magazine pictures,
etc. that can be made into envelopes with tape and glue.
- Pens, markers, stickers, scissors, etc. for writing / addressing.
INSTRUCTIONS -- HARD COPY
- Provide a short activity or choice of activities that students
can do / write and then mail to a classmate on the very first day. This
works well at the end of a partnered activity. Students should also be
invited/requested to write to the instructor. The written communication
need not be long or involved. Every one then starts off right away both
sending and, at the next class meeting, receiving at least one piece of
- Allow students to generate the "rules" of the mailbox / delivery
system. They can be posted on the mailbox itself or in class, etc. (For
example, how is it to be collected / delivered, privacy / sharing
issues, whether anonymous letters can be sent, if articles other than
sealed "mail" can be routed through the box, etc.).
- Place the mailbox in a convenient place outside of class hours or
set up a method that allows students to contribute items outside of class
- Respond promptly and in "good form" to correspondence that is
directed to you, the instructor.
INSTRUCTIONS -- ONLINE
Exchange messages online through ...
- Email (private/individual and group messages possible).
- Class bulletin board through a service such as Nicenet.
- Shared email lists through services such as
(participants around the world can read them).
|| OPPortunities in ESL
Leslie Opp-Beckman, Technology Coordinator and ESL Instructor
5212 University of
American English Institute
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5212 USA
Leslie Opp-Beckman, copyright 1994-2003. Permission to copy
distribute for in-class, non-profit use only.
This page last updated: 13 August 2003