Wednesday, December 29, 2010



Question 1

Look at the stages of a writing lesson below and think how you would prepare students to write a letter of complaint. Explain how you would deliver your lesson step-by-step (in bullet point). Follow the stages of a writing lesson but provide specific details and examples for each stage. (Write about 300 words).

* Introduce the topic and ask students to discuss it in small groups, followed by feedback and discussion with the whole class

* Assign the writing task
* Ask students to consider who will be the target reader and to focus on the purpose of the task
* Use language models to illustrate the appropriate form (e.g. other written texts, examples on board)
* Brainstorm ideas in groups, after which the teacher or a student writes them up on the board. Students select which ones to use
* Elicit how to put the ideas into a logical sequence and edit
* Construct a skeleton text in small groups
* Prepare a rough draft either individually, in groups or with the whole class
* Ask students to tell you if they want you to repeat anything. (This is more effective than saying “Does anyone not understand?”)
* The final written task may be given for homework

Question 2

Think of a discussion, a debate or a role-play and describe in detail how you would use it in a lesson with adult students. If it is a discussion or a debate, make sure you formulate the subject clearly; if it is a role-play, explain the scenario and the roles. Then describe step-by-step (in bullet point) how you would conduct the activity. What level of learner would it be intended for? How long would it last? (Write about 200 words)

Questions 3-9 are based on the following text:

"The most popular gambling city in America and perhaps the world is Las Vegas. Located in the middle of the Western desert, this city is a unique place where the main attractions are the many casinos with their non-stop gambling machines and nightclub entertainment.
The gambling covers a wide range of games from roulette to slot machines and black jack. The foreboding element and danger of risk is ever present. A person may lose a little over a long period of time or a great deal all at once. Such is the uncertainty of gambling. A careful gambler will never lose more than he could afford and a lucky gambler may walk home with a jackpot. Most would be happy if they just broke out even.
When one tires of these games of chance, the gambler may enjoy the many nightclubs which are part of the casinos. Featuring some of the nation's most famed entertainers, they provide a necessary distraction and offer a moment of relief from the tensions of the gambling tables. For those who may have suffered great financial losses, they offer temporary consolation before the long trip home.... "(check rest of text on the tutorial preview; see link below)

Question 3

What level of learner do you think this passage would be suitable for?

Question 4

What pre-reading activity would you devise to arouse students’ interest in the text?

Question 5

What vocabulary would you pre-teach and why? Please list the words here and explain your choices. List 8 words maximum. Keep in mind that some words can be worked out by students through context, and such words do not need to be pre-taught.

Question 6

What global/gist questions would you ask?

Question 7

What detailed/comprehension questions would you ask? Please write at least 5.

Question 8

A teacher has planned the following sequence of reading activities for this text:

1. Give students 15 mins to read the text.

2. Ask them gist questions in open class.
3. Ask them detailed questions and give them 5 mins to discuss the answers in pairs.
4. Elicit answers to the detailed questions.

Why is this sequence incorrect? Please correct it and give brief reasons for your corrections. Refer to the stages of a listening and reading lesson in module 9 bearing in mind that this is a reading lesson. (Note that the reading stage of the lesson is the only focus here; do not mention any pre-reading or post-reading activities). Write about 100 words.

Question 9

What follow-up activities could you use? Please mention at least 3.

Question 10

Choose a song and think of 1 or 2 ideas how you could use it in a lesson with adult students. Include the relevant lyrics and explain what language point(s) or skill(s), in addition to listening, your students can practise with the help of the song and how they can practise them. What level of learner would you use the song for? Remember that it is a listening lesson, so they need to listen to the song at some point rather than simply read the lyrics. (Write 100-150 words apart from the song lyrics)