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Integrating “43 Trio” in a language course: first reflections


Some days ago I signed in and tried for the first time 43 Things, 43 Places and 43 People: I soon realized how powerful their use could be for students of English but I have the impression that they could be more useful if used with young learners. I have to investigate more and most of all I should try them in class to have a more precise idea. I honestly found 43 places the most fruitful tool soon followed by 43 People: there are many options to stimulate students to write and express themselves, let’s have a look at the images below (the first it’s a screenshot from 34 Places, the second from 34 People):   

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All those different inputs let students practice various textual genres (descriptive, narrative, argomentative) and for what concern grammar and lexicon they are motivated to enhance their vocabulary (e.g. adjective to describe, slang expression to comment or reply etc) and use different tenses to tell their stories.  I tnink  teachers should give proper instructions to students in order to make this tool act as a productive resource and it will be useful to provide students with a meaningful path to follow without planning too rigid rules (to let creativity spread out); students will be expected to enjoy the experience and “play” with their interlocutors using comments and cheers.

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  1. Gabriela Sellart
    January 19, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    And when students are really motivated to write, when they are not forced to, they write more accurately, don’t they?

  2. lauraeffe
    January 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Yes! And I can add that they easily memorize linguistic structures used in real communications like the ones created through web 2.0 applications, students feel comfortable with them!

  3. January 20, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    You provide some good ideas using these sites. You might also be right in saying that they are more useful with younger pupils, although I think this has more with an open attitude towards such tools. You will have a chance to look closer at the 43 trio etc. with others in groups from week 2 onwards.

  4. lauraeffe
    January 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to deepening my expertise with you along the next weeks, I’m sure there’a lot more to discover 🙂

  5. February 7, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    From the tools we are working with in the SMiELT session the only ones I am not using yet are the 43 Trio. Your post made me feel like exploring it in more detail and try to understand how it could be useful for my teaching practice and for the students to interact in the target language.

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