#FlashmobELT

#FlashmobELT is an online project for teachers. The Lino boards with activities are here:

FlashmobELT Lino board #1 (full with 20 activities to choose from)

FlashmobELT Lino board #2 (open for posting)

KOTESOL2014 FlashmobELT (activities from workshop participants in Seoul, South Korea)

E-merging Forum FlashmobELT (activities from workshop participants in Moscow, Russia)

 

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If you don’t know what #flashmobELT is, click here to read how it came about. Also here for the confessions of an activity snob which, together with the comments to the confessions themselves, you might find interesting (and relevant).

Basic rules of this hopefully a little useful and enjoyable project are as folows:

1. Explore the activities already posted by teachers on the Lino board here. Pick the one you like, go into your class and do it with your students.
2. Once your class is over, make yourself a cup of tea/ coffee, sit back in your chair and reflect on how the activity went.
3. Write a blog post about your experience, include your impressions, comments, reflections, suggestions around the activity in question. Share your blog post on social networks with the hashtag #flashmobELT, or leave a link in the comments here, or use any other way to reach me, so that I can add the link to your post to the list below.
4. If you think there’s an activity that fits the rules (read below) which you’d like to share with other teachers, please feel free to do so and leave it on the lino 2.0 (since the first one is already packed full with 20 activities). Once you’ve done it, please let us know about it (#flashmobELT).

Thank you.

 

Points to bear in mind when sharing an activity (please read as they are important for the original idea of the project – thanks Michael Griffin for these):

* Activities are ideally generalized enough to various contexts and teaching situations.

* Activities ideally don’t involve much in the way of prep and tech.

* Activities are ideally easily modeled/explained/used with students.

* Activities ideally can be completed in a short amount of time.

* Activities are ideally not focused around a certain text.

* Activities ideally can be easily changed/adapted.

 

The following list is to keep track of how teachers have been using #flashmobELT activities in their classrooms across a range of contexts. Thanks everybody for keeping this precious balance of Give&Take, so essential to the project.

Joining My First Movement (#flashmobELT, go go go) by Kevin Stein

I would love to hate by me

Love/hate – my experience using a #flashmobELT activity by Bryan Hale

#flashmobELT – my life in 20 lines by Aidan @leedsacademy

2013 ELT Resolutions Met PLN by Laura Soracco

Social media gifts by Mura Nava

Getting involved in #flashmobelt by Jo Sayers

Headliners, the activity by Anne Hendler

My first #flashmobELT experience by Anna Zernova

#FlashmobELT – So you said by Marc Jones

 

Once again, the lino boards with activities are here:

FlashmobELT Lino board #1 (full with 20 activities to choose from)

FlashmobELT Lino board #2 (open for posting)

KOTESOL2014 FlashmobELT (activities from workshop participants in Seoul, South Korea)

E-merging Forum FlashmobELT (activities from workshop participants in Moscow, Russia)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE! There’s now a very special and unique KOTESOL2014 FlashmobELT Lino board. All activities posted on it were written by the participants of a #FlashmobELT related workshop (“Stealing your way to creativity”) at KOTESOL International Conference in Seoul, October 4th 2014.

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Enjoy the creativity stolen and shared. 

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IMPORTANT UPDATE #2! There’s now another very special and unique E-merging Forum 5 #FlashmobELT Lino board. All activities posted on it were written by the participants of a #FlashmobELT related workshop (“FlashmobELT: activities and more”) at E-merging Forum 5 in Moscow, March 13th 2015.

Hope you may find something of this useful and fun. =)

15 thoughts on “#FlashmobELT

  1. Samir says:

    A wonderful idea! It will certainly be beneficial for both teachers and students!

    • annloseva says:

      Thank you, Samir, I’m glad you think so. It’d be great if you let us know how you use flashmobELT activities in class, once you choose to do it))

  2. Anastasiia says:

    it’s great and easy to use:) I like it a lot!

    • annloseva says:

      Please do feel free and use it, and maybe use it a lot :)) I’d especially recommend reading the blog posts by other teachers from that list we’re compiling altogether)

  3. […] Mike Griffin and Anna Loseva joined forces once again to talk about stealing your way to creativity. The focus of the talk was on activities, something which Mike has made his feelings quite clear about, for example here. The main gist of the talk was on promoting the idea and encouraging teachers to share and use activities, it’s okay to use another person’s activity, and as Anna said: “Students don’t care where you get the ideas from.” However, the pair made it clear that teachers should not just be activity collectors and that it’s up to you, as a teacher, to use what’s available and adapt it for your context. Being adaptable is in fact one of the criteria put forward by Mike and Anna for the suggestions posted on #FlashMobELT. […]

  4. […] 8:23 Cool. I just remembered there is a new FlashmobELT lino wall from the recent KOTESOL conference. For more information on FMELT you can click here. […]

  5. […] Saturday Anna and I talked about the glorious #FlashmobELT movement and how it can be used to spur on teachers’ creativity. It was lots of fun. One very cool […]

  6. […] light and flexible is the way to go. My experience thinking and talking about the glorious Flashmob ELT movement also (hopefully) gave me some insights on how workshops can feature and focus on activities in […]

  7. […] A thing I’ve tried today with Intermediates. In Ann Loseva’s blog I found a link to ELT flashmob. The idea is pretty simple: teachers from different places post […]

  8. […] week at school because my students have tests next week. I was looking at Anna Loseva’s #FlashmobELT boards for something to do to review four units with my students and saw the ‘So you […]

  9. annazernova says:

    Hi Anya! How are you doing?
    Just a quick comment here. Last week I was presenting at the inner Teacher’s Forum at EPAM where I work and my topic was “Blogging”. No doubt, I told my story of #flashmobELT. I mean, how successful it was in terms of finding out something new including getting acquainted with teacher around the world. Thank you again for the idea! Thanks very much, I’d say! I hope you’ll get people there, we’ll have our number grown!
    Have a wonderful working week!

  10. […] You could, but think of all the pages of nonsense you have to skip. Think of the time spent with learners focussing on pointless vocabulary like ‘sextant’ (thanks Total English pre-intermediate). You have an idea. You know your learners, or at least the context. There is also a ton of stuff on the internet. May I point you to the Google Drive folder at the top of this blog. All the stuff in there is Creative Commons Licensed so you can change it if it isn’t perfect, copy it for your learners, and because I already made it and was going to anyway, it’s free. There is also Paul Walsh’s brill Decentralised Teaching and Learning. There are also ideas to use from Flashmob ELT. […]

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