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Using students' first languages in the classroom

Summary: Using students' first languages in the classroom Whether it is better to use the students' first language (L1) in class or have an English-only policy is something that has been much debated and that has seen many changes of fashion over the years. It seems, therefore, that the only sensible reaction an individual teacher can take to this controversial subject is to neither accept nor reject the use of L1, but simply to search for an ideal level of its use in each individual class- maybe changing its use as the class progresses in level or changes in other ways. Here are some tips to help you spot if you have found your own perfect level of L1 use in your classes and how to adjust the level if you haven't reached that point yet. Possible signs that there is too much L1 in your classroom 1. Possible signs that you could usefully have more L1 in your classroom 1. Other signs that you might not have the balance of L1 use in class right 1. 1. Copyright © 2008 Alex Case

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Checking Understanding Analysis of the language consists of two sub-stages, often known as highlighting and concept checking. Highlighting is taking the model sentence and showing, telling or eliciting what the problems are in terms of form, function, and phonology. Concept checking is checking the understanding of difficult aspects of the target structure in terms of function and meaning. Concept checking is vital, since learners must fully understand the structure before any intensive practice of form and phonology is carried out.

Note making : Skills Hub: University of Sussex Note making Kalim Third year english literature View Kalim's student perspective Transcript (Show) Total physical response - TPR Where is it from? How can I use it in class? When should I use it? Why should I use it in the classroom? A few useful variations Are there any disadvantages with using TPR? Where is it from? Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching. Reflective teaching is therefore a means of professional development which begins in our classroom. Why it is importantBeginning the process of reflection Teacher diary Peer observation Recording lessons Student feedback What to do next Think Talk Read Ask Conclusion Why it is important Many teachers already think about their teaching and talk to colleagues about it too.

English ESL past simple board game worksheets - Most downloaded (35 Results) Simpsons Boardgame Daily Routine By Lili27 The game is played in groups from 2 to 4. Each player chooses one character (Lisa, Homer, Bart or Marge).The objective of the game is to ... Simpsons Boardgame Daily Routine By Lili27 Action Research - Stop, Start, Continue I get students to brainstorm all the kind of things I as a teacher do and things which we do in class. Some examples might be: speaking in pairsplaying gamesexplaining grammarsetting homework Once I have a list of the main areas, I give out a sheet of paper to each student and get them to draw three columns on the page. I then get them to write the words stop, start,and continue, one word at the top of each column.

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David Petrie: Adapting your coursebook Very often, this happens because what is on the page doesn’t match what the learners want or need, or because what is on the page doesn’t fit with our beliefs as teachers. There are a number of areas that can cause us problems: Mis-matched methodsLanguage content / selectionTopic areasBalance of skillsThe sequence and scope of language itemsThe cultural contextVisual appeal Teacher Support Pack - Global - 2 Cookies We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them.