At first I simply wanted to publish my recent TOEFL lesson pack devoted to teaching a toefl essay. Then I thought the material is in fact a 3-in-one lesson, and tried to describe he approach behind it – which resulted in a BIG post about all-in-one approach… having little to to with this particular material :). So I ended up with 2 posts instead of one. 🙂
This one is all about a TOEFL essay, in particular:
DOWNLOAD the lesson materials here.
I keep wondering about why so many coursebooks still work on listening in one lesson and reading in another one.
I love the many-in-one approach. Not only is it economical in terms of time spent on lesson preparation – it is also a lot more effective than the “one task – one skill” one.
Here you can download a TOEFL essay + vocabulary + noticing/editing lesson, which is not 100% related to this post 🙂 – but is one example of multiple benefits extracted from one text.
I think I’ll make this a sticky. Created it as a response to David Dodgson’s challenge here :). The challenge is also to reflect on these keywords… Well – let me think … I’ll post it soon!
This is where you can make your own: wordle.net
This club was devoted to national character and the melting pot issue, and we liked it really.
I posted the club plan at the club’s site here – there you’ll find a detailed description of what we did + a set of accompanying materials.
What I really love about the speaking clubs is 2 things, basically:
- you never know which way the discussion will take you, and –
- you learn such a lot from the clubbers while they discover a great deal from you…
Last week I was mostly absent from the virtual world as I was busy starting a conversational club. Its second session received most favourable feedback from the participants, which is why I decided to share its plan and the accompanying materials – so you could use it next year – or this year, may be – why not?
The Friday of March 18th was devoted to Saint Patrick’s day – yet, you can’t imagine the variety of topics we touched upon! Here’s what we did (including the links to songs and downloadable materials).
The best way to correct your students is, naturally, getting them to correct themselves. Moreover – I see it as THE ONLY way to really achieve the results (and it is especially true of getting rid of fossilized errors). There are a few problems here, however (a free material shared below, click “more”):
This is the result of some recent reflections on lesson-planning, rule-based teaching (again) inspired by this discussion, and this challenge (I had no time to participate, unfortunately), plus the #ELTchat of of 02.02. 2011 (summary here) on fossilized errors. So,
>lesson-planning made easier, plus
>fossilized errors (and errors as such) prevention, plus
>some up-to-date views on rules in teaching
= this grammar presentation plan template
+ a grammar_presentation_sample_plan_comparatives.