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The Typing Man Lesson

“Hoe was Saturday? I hope you had a great wicked.” Well, those sentences are really confusing because they have some pretty BIG typos or spelling mistakes in them. They should read: “How was Saturday? I hope you had a great weekend.” It might be hard to even guess what the person really meant, but I am getting really good at it. I have begun teaching typing to my ESL students and those are some of their actual mistakes! That’s why typing can be so much fun in an ESL classroom.

My students seem to like working on the computers a lot and are generally excited to learn anything (with some exceptions). So we have been spending a good amount of time in the computer lab. They all have pretty low computer literacy, so starting with typing seemed logical.

At first, we practiced some basics. But then I got more creative, I had them make a man by typing with the text centered. Like this:

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0 0
j
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I
wwwwwwww
ttttttttttttttttttttt
wwwwwwwww
ttt tttttttttttttt ttt
o wwwww o
ttttttt
wwww
oooooo
ooooooo
oooooooo
ooo ooo
ooo ooo
bbbb bbbb

We highlighted the man and changed the alignment to right. So he looked like this:

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0 0
j
v

I
wwwwwwww
ttttttttttttttttttttt
wwwwwwwww
ttt tttttttttttttt ttt
o wwwww o
ttttttt
wwww
oooooo
ooooooo
oooooooo
ooo ooo
ooo ooo
bbbb bbbb

One of the students said the man looked like he had fallen from a tall building (all smushed). It was funny. And everyone was relieved when we changed the alignment back to center and the man “came back alive.”

Now, this may seem like a silly waste of time, but when students write paragraphs we often ask them to use three different types of alignment. Their name and date are right aligned. The title of the paragraph is centered and the paragraph is left aligned. Spending just a little bit of time teaching this can make a real difference for students who aren’t familiar with computers. And my 16-21 year old students love the little bit of whimsy and creativity in this lesson.

I personally love teaching creative typing. This is just one of the fun activities I have done. But I need to figure out how to help them use spell check because wicked instead of weekend just isn’t good. Do you guys have any ideas?

2 Responses to “The Typing Man Lesson”

  1. hellen Says:

    good !it is funny

  2. kabonfootprint Says:

    Hi you are good! I’m a poet too, though not as good as you. You have such a great potential. Keep it up
    Kabonfootprint

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