READING worksheet#1: the washroom story


This worksheet was inspired and created in response to the DAY 2 topic discussed within the FREE ON-LINE COURSE IN TEACHING READING (innovative strategies) taking place here. I’m thoroughly enjoying it – so might you! The worksheet is HERE: washroom_story_pre-reading_worksheet_ceeta About the worksheet (aims, method used) – see below. A nice selection of FREE cartoon signs and notices – here. The interesting thing is a lot of teachers tend to focus on the keywords from the text during the pre-reading, and I’m not the exception smile The reason is that the keywords approach seems to be 2 – in – 1: pre-teaching vocabulary (to make further reading an authentic experience) and mapping the text out in the learners’ minds (the sequence of the keywords = the text structure). I’d like to share a worksheet created with pre-intermediate learners in mind, a mixed-ability group (hence an extra task for fast finishers), first part of a task-based lesson on tenses and storytelling. I chose this text, short, yet rich in typical features of an anecdote, to become a springboard for the further discussion of spoken English grammar, reviewing present and past tenses and introducing reported speech. I personally favour authenticity in as much of classroom communication as possible, meaning that I do not like overtly teaching or pre-teaching words – rather, I prefer an approach where new words (and some grammar, too) come up in a natural conversation (I simply give their equivalents in brackets in simple English here). The extra task re-visits the same words in a context closer to that of the text. As a result, the learners are naturally led into the necessary context, the new words becoming familiar in a natural (no-struggle) way. The 4-words -mini-story is another variant of prediction activities.Writing it down would make it more “graphic” smile. For methodology nerds – on graphic organizers – here

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