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  • 1. Concept Checking -Structures Jo Gakonga CELTA Trainer elt-training.com
  • 2. RevisionWhy use concept checking?What makes a concept check question effective?
  • 3. Some guidelines1. Make sure that you are checking the MEANING2. Make sure that you are specific about the meaning.3. Avoid the target language in the question4. Grade the vocabulary and structures that you use below the target language
  • 4. Checking structuresLet’s try an example……
  • 5. I used to smoke.What’s the meaning here? I did something before. I did it more than once (probably often) I don’t do it now.
  • 6. I used to smoke.So we make those into questions:• Did I smoke? Yes.• More than once? Yes.• Regularly? Often? Perhaps.• Do I smoke now? No.
  • 7. I used to smoke.What’s wrong with these?Did you smoke?What did you used to do?Did you regularly inhale tobacco fumes?
  • 8. TIME-LINESA useful way to check or illustrate meaning.Time lines can show if we are talking about somethingtemporary or permanent, a point of time or a period oftime and the time setting of the action.
  • 9. I used to smoke. NowPast Future
  • 10. Important!!Timelines are only helpful if TIME is involved…
  • 11. I’d rather have a coffee.Time isn’t important hereI’d rather have a coffee now.I’d rather have a coffee in the morning.So what is the core meaning of ‘would rather’?
  • 12. I’d rather have a coffee.I want a coffeeI want it more than something else.BUTIt’s not very important to me
  • 13. I’d rather have a coffee.Do I want a coffee? Yes.More than something else? Yes.A lot more? Probably not.Is it very important to me? No.
  • 14. Time lines or not?• Ill be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.• I had my suit cleaned• You must have seen her!• She looked, but Id hidden it.
  • 15. Time lines or not?• Ill be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.
  • 16. Time lines or not?• Ill be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.• I had my suit cleaned
  • 17. Time lines or not?• Ill be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.• I had my suit cleaned• You must have seen her!
  • 18. Time lines or not?• Ill be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.• I had my suit cleaned• You must have seen her!• She looked, but Id hidden it.
  • 19. PracticeIll be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.Draw the time line….
  • 20. I’ll be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow. 2pm Now (2pm) tomorrow Past Future
  • 21. PracticeIll be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.Now what concept checks do you need?
  • 22. PracticeIll be flying to Kenya this time tomorrow.When will I start?When will I finish?
  • 23. Don’t panic!This gets easier with practice…. and…. we’ll do lots more practice in class.