If you have been teaching for a while, you most likely have come across student material that is quite outdated. They often list technology, movie, and song references from days long past. They are boring and almost guaranteed to fail in getting the attention of your students.
So when I came across Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers, I found it to be a fresh breath of air. The author, Mark J. Oliver, a seasoned English language teacher, has written a book that is chock-full of fun communication exercises that leverage what students like to do: chatting on phones and computers.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1 explains in detail what text chat is and how it benefits language learners. It uncovers issues that teachers may face when using text chat in their lessons and how to provide feedback during and after the different activities. In this part, Mark also gives detailed instructions on how to set up activities with different platforms available to students.
Part 2 includes pair activities, each with a specific subject and grammar focus. Each of the activities lists the required resources and give detailed instructions on how to set up the exercises, including clear instructions that can be copied into your student handouts.
Part 3 follows the same format as part 2, but this time for group chat activities.
This book is available as eBook and at a price of only $5 I consider it a tremendous value for teachers who are looking for ways to engage students with fun, modern activities. Click on this link to have a look inside the book.