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    Take a look at these classroom exercises suggested by Mario Rinvolucri, one of the foremost methodologists and teachers in the world of ESL. Would you be willing to do any of them in your classes? If so, what do you think your students would gain from such exercises that they couldn't from more "tame" exercises? If you would never present such exercises, why not?

    Example 1
    Set this homework: "Each time you switch an electrical switch on or off, notice how you are feeling and what you are thinking about." Then, in the next class, ask people to report in small groups on the switchings they remember.
    (I learnt this Gurdjieff idea from my colleague Simon Marshall.)


    Example 3
    Ask the students to work individually and to make a list of emotions (eg fear, reverence, anger, jealousy, joy, surprise, alarm). Ask each person to cross out any of these emotions he or she has not experienced. Then pair the students and ask them to tell each other of times when they have experienced each of the emotions they have not crossed out. Also ask them to tell each other which sensory channels they link with each emotion.
    Next, ask the students to work individually and write a page about their experiencing of one of the emotions. Then group the students into fours to read each other's compositions.

    Example 4
    Bring a dozen resonant objects to class. Before you lay them out, ask the students to close their eyes. Strike each and ask the students to describe the qualities of each sound and to guess the substances struck.If you want to get your hands on more activity ideas like these, have a look at On Love and Psychological Exercises by A.R. Orage.

    http://www.clarity.com.hk/teaching-s...rinvolucri.htm

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    Default Re: Don't go there!

    I'm not sure that I would do any of them. I'm not convinced that they are much more than happy-clappy stuff, dragging in ideas from self-help philosophies. If you have the personality to do them, they might work, but I don't see On Love and Psychological Exercises on my bedside table. Things like visualisations and closing my eyes bore the pants off me when I'm asked to do them. I went on a training course from LearningPerformance a few months ago and we had to sit and close our eyes and imagine being on an island, blahblah. I left at lunchtime. I also refuse to sing in class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'm not sure that I would do any of them. I'm not convinced that they are much more than happy-clappy stuff, dragging in ideas from self-help philosophies. If you have the personality to do them, they might work, but I don't see On Love and Psychological Exercises on my bedside table. Things like visualisations and closing my eyes bore the pants off me when I'm asked to do them. I went on a training course from LearningPerformance a few months ago and we had to sit and close our eyes and imagine being on an island, blahblah. I left at lunchtime. I also refuse to sing in class.
    I bet you also refuse to play charades at parties.


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    No good offering Tdol this, then:

    It’s 1899 and you have been panning for gold in
    Alaska for three long, freezing years. Here and there
    over that time you have found grains of gold but your
    findings have barely paid for your meagre outgoings.
    All of a sudden you see several gleaming nuggets of
    near pure gold in the sieve you are shaking in the
    stream. You have found a seam of the yellow metal
    and your fortune is made.
    The thrill of coming on riches (methodological riches)
    that I experienced as I first turned the pages of “On
    Love and Psychological Exercises”, by A.R Orage,
    Samuel Weiser, 1998, was similar to a gold rush
    experience.


    http://www.educa.rcanaria.es/tea/team1/25.pdf

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    Default Re: Don't go there!

    How about you? I don't see you with a bagful of resonant objects and the sheet music to Yellow Submarine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    How about you? I don't see you with a bagful of resonant objects and the sheet music to Yellow Submarine.
    Those days are long gone - thankfully.

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    Default Re: Don't go there!

    Rinvolcri's ideas seemed good at the time as a reaction to what went before, but now they seem rather dated to me.

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    Movin on?

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    Moved- they look a bit like museum pieces to me.

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