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University Ready? Re-focusing IEP Students for Excellence

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  • 1. University Ready? Re-focusing IEP Students for Excellence Elisabeth L. Chan Intensive English Language Institute, University of North Texas E-mail: elisabeth.chan@unt.edu, ElisabethLChan@gmail.com More Handouts & Materials: http://www.slideshare.net/ElisabethChanTask Based Language Teaching (TBLT) Uses a needs based approach Helps learners to communicate through interaction in target language Incorporates authentic texts Helps learners focus on the learning process Enhances learners’ personal experiences Links language in the classroom to the outsideNunan, D. (2004). Task-Based Language Teaching.Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.Task 1: First Week of Classes • Objective: students learn about degree, as well as course expectations • Materials: – Course requirements for students’ majors – Sample syllabi from gen ed courses • Time: 20-30 minutes Where can I get materials? • Possible task outcomes: list requirements “outside major”, list comparisons between Most course requirements and syllabi can be found on a gen ed course and IEP’s expectations your school’s website. Textbooks, papers, and classTask 2: Reading Like You’ve notes can often be borrowedNever Read Before from student workers, • Objective: students measure their reading conversation partners, and student volunteers (Honors capacity versus actual reading demand program, Greek • Materials: organizations, etc.). – Textbooks from gen ed courses Class syllabi, grading rubrics, – Matching sample class syllabi and occasionally sample • Time: 20-30 minutes compositions can be • Possible task outcomes: time reading speed borrowed from instructors by in gen ed vs. IEP text, list a page count per contacting the departments week or per exam or instructors directly.Task 3: English COMP 101 • Objective: students learn essay and grading expectations and measure their current writing abilities versus actual freshman writing demands • Materials: – Freshman English composition (rough, peer, final) – Composition grading rubric • Time: 20-30 minutes • Possible task outcomes: apply the rubric to the rough/final draft and calculate scoreTESOL International Convention 2012Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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