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Combating Zoom Fatigue: Spinning a Fruit Wheel to Encourage Micro Off-screen Activities

Starting 22 February, our university is teaching the first two weeks of the new semester online due to the third Covid-19 wave in Vietnam. The different thing this time is that we will no longer use Zoom but other free video conferencing platforms such as MS Teams, Google Meet, and Big Blue Button together with […]

Let’s play Bầu Cua! An Interactive PowerPoint Culture Quiz on Vietnam’s Lunar New Year

Hello Lunar New Year 2021! In this first sharing of the Year of the Ox/Buffalo, I’d like to introduce you to the Bầu Cua family board game. Bầu Cua (Bottle Gourd – Crab) is probably one of the most entertaining gambling games on Vietnam’s New Year. The original paper game looks like this: Based on […]

Jolly Jacket: What’s your story?

Saigon, 23 December 2020 As usual, I would come up with a ‘warm-up’ activity on the way riding to campus. Saigon does not get chilly easily. It normally goes either rainy or sunny all year round. That’s why all of a sudden when we are given the just-right-chill, things look much nicer this Christmas, hopefully […]

Ice age Investigation: How can we save Santa?

You can read Lego Science: An Ice Excavation Experiment. for an amazingly detailed explanation of a science experiment using Lego mini-figures. What I shared below was just a partial execution named Santa Rescue Mission. I did the activity with my son two years ago and he really enjoyed it. The day before this Santa Rescue […]

Hearts in your hand: Who’s your partner?

This activity can work very well when teachers would like to make a random name call, or when nobody feels like volunteering to answer the teacher’s question or prompts. It works like this: 1 Give students the topic topic of the day, for example, fruits. 2 Ask students to draw two hearts on their hand […]

Giggles of goats: What reality are we in?

Our classroom space can be transformed into an alternative reality with the presence of creatures in shadow puppets. In this activity demonstrated by the in-service teachers at Gee-O during a TESOL certification course I did with HorizonTESOL, the teachers turned off the normal lights, switched on the smartphone flashlight, and then set up a makeshift […]

Face masks feel fresh: How much “creative” is enough?

“How much “creative” is enough?” It is never enough, never be enough- I have an answer like that because of the requirement for this career, for me, creativity is one of the most important elements to become a teacher. Back in May 2020 when the Covid-19 lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City was lifted, we […]

Football for Fans: Who are you passing the ball to?

Smart Football Aim To create an exciting classroom atmosphere in an integrated skill revision lesson in young learners or teenagers’ classroom. To learn vocabulary relating to football To create smart strategy to align players in correct positions to win the game. Level: any level and any age group Materials: markers and board Time: 20-40 minutes […]

Envelopes for Each of Us: What are you writing, to whom, and how?

Many writing lessons might not end well. Because learners have probably not been encouraged to see how others appreciate their products. Too much seems to be on correction efforts while little is paid attention to the beautiful experience of reading or simply sending the letter. A simple way is using envelopes and telling the students […]