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Slides from talk presented at ISTEK International conference in Istanbul on March 28 2010.

Slides from talk presented at ISTEK International conference in Istanbul on March 28 2010.

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  • Marisa Constantinides Dip.RSA, M.A. App Ling Teacher Educator & DOS CELT Athens @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 This presentation is slightly adapted for the benefit of those who were not there when I presented it at ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 in Istanbul. I have added only very little so that they can make sense of the slides. For copyright reasons, I have not included any coursebook pages or exercises, as in the ‘live’ presentation and have replaced them with my own examples imitating the style of the original exercises
    • There is no one ideal coursebook. Even the one you yourself wrote for last year’s class will probably be not good enough for next year’s class!
    • Close your eyes & visualise your coursebook; what image would you draw? Spend a minute before you click on to next slide
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Some teachers see their coursebook as a smiley face or a sun or a butterfly (happy images) others as a passport or tool and some even as a crutch or the holy book! See next slide >>
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
  • References Choosing your Coursebook , A.Cunningsworth, 1995, Macmillan ELT Blogpost Working with Coursebooks - Gathering Intelligence, Making a Choice – Marisa Constantinides blog post November 2009 on TEFL Matters @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
  • Grid adapted from one used in a talk I co-presented with with George Vassilakis 1998 @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Fun Reality Ideology Education Needs Design
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • Too much writing on page
    • Page too cluttered
    • Busywork – gapfills, mechanical exercises
    • Unmemorable – who are the people in these exercises ? (Try to remember a sentence from an exercise you did with your students yesterday!)
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • No lead ins – or no curiosity or guesswork
    • No fun and games
    • Boring, unmemorable contexts
    • Boring, unmemorable characters
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
      • Close it!!!
      • Personalise it
      • Make it memorable
      • Include a visual element
      • Be humorous if possible
    Ideas from a workshop by Rod Bolitho 1998 @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
      • Types of adaptation
    • Reordering use an activity earlier or later
    • Combining use two or three activities together
    • Adding supplement with VAs, extras
    • Modifying use the activity but in a different way
    • Skipping sometimes the only thing you can do !
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • 1. The Jigsaw principle
    • 2. The information Gap principle
    • 3. The Information Transfer Principle
    • (1-5 From K. Johnson’s Communicative Syllabus Design & Methodology )
    • Plus!
    • 4. The Ego Principle
    • 5. The Desire to Communicate Principle
    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> see next for implications
    •  
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • Split up the information (texts, sentences etc)
    • Share out information to different Ss
    • Use charts, tables, graphs for comprehension and production
    • Create reasons for exchanging/ sharing info
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • Use tippex, text highlighters,scissors!
    • Turn boring exercises into games & competitions
    • Exploit the paradox
    • Allow creativity & improvisation
    • Let students change exercises
    • Allow students to change dialogues, texts
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • Personalize- not new but give it a new angle; e.g. get Ss to put themselves in dialogues, stories, exercises
    • Create desire to communicate – through personal investment, curiosity, competitiveness
    • Be playful – most boring exercises could be turned into some sort of game; even better, made by the students!
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
    • What services can you get at each of the following places? Use the verbs in the box to describe them .
    • hairdresser’s
    • dentist’s
    • optician’s
    • photographer’s
    • dry cleaner’s
    • Begin your examples like this:
    You can have your ___________ at the hairdresser’s. Very worthy but not easy to remember; teenagers might like writing crazy sentences like this: You can have your feet enlarged at the hairdresser’s @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
      • f ill
      • t ake
      • enlarge
      • manicure
      • cut
      • C heck
      • Dry clean
      • pull out
      • wash
      • measure
      • test
      • S tyle
      • clean
      • perm
      • dye
  • Prrrrrrrrrr.   Ring ring…   Hello?   Bzzzzzz!!!!    Ouch!! @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Improvisation, Curiosity, Investment Look at the pictures & clues Guess the story by asking Questions; the Teacher can only answer with a YES or NO! YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES ONLY! Use the answers to WRITE or TELL story Read story on next page & vote for one closest to original!
    • It was my birthday and at 8 o’clock I started getting ready for my birthday party. I had already laid the table and put out all the food and drinks. Then, I got in the bathtub and relaxed. I was singing happily when the phone rang. I stepped out of the tub quickly to run to the phone but unfortunately I slipped on a water puddle and fell down. Ouch! That hurt! I got up and picked up the phone, but by the time I had picked it up it was dead. I was going back to the bathroom, when the doorbell rang. I went to the door and opened it. A young man from the flower shop was there with a beautiful bunch of roses. I read the note. My friends at school had remembered my birthday! How wonderful! I ran back inside to put them in a vase but as I was unwrapping the flowers my cat got in the way, I tripped over it, fell down again and then a bee flew out of the flowers and stang me on the nose! By the time my friends arrived, I had already left for hospital, so there was no birthday party!
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Note: For copyright reasons I have used one of my stories, but this is a great technique for any narrative or process/sequential text Made with http://www.drawanywhere.com/launch.aspx Information transfer Fill in the boxes with the actions in chronological order
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 e.g. How many roses were there in the bouquet? What was the name of the cat? Which hospital did she go to? How long did she have to stay in hospital? etc. Instead of regular reading comprehension questions: Read this story and write 3 questions that the text DOES NOT answer. Present your questions & see which ones are funniest!
      • Be creative; think outside the box!
      • Engage all the senses; VAK!
      • Think of mixed levels of ability; mix & match Ss, tasks, materials!
      • Use technology to help you: storymakers, animation tools, voice recording tools
      • Connect with other teachers using the same materials*
      • Create projects, wikis and blogs!
      • *see last page for contact points!
    @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Go to http://voicethread.com/#e673560 – listen to the message and record your story!
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 N.B, Xtranormal cannot be shown in a powerpoint presentation as a video, so please visit the site and watch examples – you can watch this animation on line at http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6272529/ An example of a story/dialogue animation tool; this one created by a student of Karenne Sylvester’s Teachers can create similar for presentation or consolodation activities
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 These phrases have been lifted from an exercise; students invent context, roles, relationships, improvise conversations; rest of class guesses context, roles etc I don’t think you are very interesting I don’t think you’re very interested! The problem with you is that you are bored! The problem with you is that you are boring! Well, it’s not so amusing, you know. You don’t seem amused at all with my story. You don’t look very convinced to me. Well, you do not sound very convincing! You look so depressed! But your story is so depressing! Improvisation, holistic practice, creativity
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Improvisation & Curiosity
  • @ Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 Crazy Captions Show the students a copy of a photo in their book and ask them to write a crazy caption Funniest one wins To see an example please read relevant blog post here Animating your Coursebook
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010 In a workshop it is normal that you should now have some hands on practice. I hope you will take these ideas and make your coursebook a much better piece of material than even its author(s) even dreamed it could ever be! Best of luck with your animating efforts and do please share your good ideas as a comment! Final Words
  • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr - ISTEK Schools International Conference 2010