The great thing about staff rooms is that they are excellent place to hear about a task and then use it in your class, so that’s what I am going to share with you today. A cool task on citations/ referencing.You can do this with your learners if you teach EAP or writing classes that require research and referencing. My colleague John, who works at the ELTC at Sheffield University, told me about this one, so shout out to him. I did change it a bit though.
- Give your students one publication/source each. If you have 12 students, you need 12 sources. I used books, journal articles, and a newspaper (I told them that one of the sources could not be used in their academic writing projects and that’s why the newspaper was in it. My students are not journalists and the newspaper was the Metro paper which is a free paper).
- Put students in a circle and tell them that they only need a piece of paper and a pen.
- Each student has about 30 seconds to find the author and the date of the source and write it down as they would as part of their in-text citation.
- After the 30 seconds, students give their source to the person next to them and move on to the next source. This is done clockwise.
- At the end, give them a couple of minutes to check what they have written on their paper and make necessary corrections.
- In order to check their answers, each student comes to the board and writes what they have written. One source per student.