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Widgets Promotion Fall 2007



Promotional presentation given by authors at ETJ Expos and JALT 2007 (Japan), and KOTESOL (Korea). For more information, please contact Pearson Longman ELT in Hong Kong.

Promotional presentation given by authors at ETJ Expos and JALT 2007 (Japan), and KOTESOL (Korea). For more information, please contact Pearson Longman ELT in Hong Kong.



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    Widgets Promotion Fall 2007 Widgets Promotion Fall 2007 Presentation Transcript

    • What’s a Widget ?
    • widget /’wɪdʒət/ n [C] 1 spoken a small piece of equipment that you do not know the name for 2 informal used to refer to an imaginary product that a company might produce
    • Widgets is… a role-play a story a textbook
    • role-play “Widgets is the most interesting English textbook I've ever had”
    • story “I hadn't known that oral communication could be very interesting.”
    • textbook “The assignments in this class benefited me. There were many difficult assignments, but it made me feel, ‘I want more!’”
    • • Conversations • Discussions • Presentations • Debates • Interviews ...plus more
    • Widgets is... practical authentic motivating
    • Feedback 76 students, in 4 classes with 4 different teachers filled out anonymous surveys after completing the course...
    • “Pretending to work at Widgets was useful” • 74% answered “YES” • 23% were “Not Sure” • 4% answered “NOquot;
    • “It was a good way to improve my English skills” • 70% answered “YES” • 26% were “Not Sure” • 5% answered “NOquot;
    • “Widgets is a good course for Japanese students” • 83% answered “YES” • 17% were “Not Sure” • Not a single student answered “NO”
    • Features Widgets is arranged according to task complexity, not language complexity For this reason, it is perfect for mixed level classes.
    • Other Features... • “Water-cooler chat” warm-ups • Project Manager system for teams • Self, peer and teacher assessment • Online resources for teachers • Adaptability to different class contexts
    • Frequently Asked Questions “Is Widgets a Business English course?”
    • Answer: No. Widgets was developed with general English classes in mind— for instance, “Oral Communication” college or high school courses. However, it would be suitable for some business English classes.
    • Frequently Asked Questions “What if my students just aren’t creative enough?”
    • Answer: Widgets has been in development for 3 years. In that time, we’ve trialed most of the tasks with hundreds of students, in over a dozen classes. A lack of creativity has never been an issue.
    • Frequently Asked Questions “Some of these tasks seem very complex. What if they are too difficult for my students ?”
    • Answer: Widgets tasks are progressively more complex. However, they also build upon each other in a logical, realistic way. Even lower level students will be able to understand what’s going on, and will be able to participate.
    • Testimonials Here’s what teachers have said...
    • “I am quite excited about this book. Asian students need more group and project work. They really do want to be more creative, but they have few classes to really stretch and be so. My excitement for this book comes from knowing how easy it would be to get my students excited about it.” University Lecturer, Korea
    • “The contexts and contents are new and interesting. It would provide students basic and general business knowledge and virtual working experience. Also, it helps students get motivated and get actively involved in the activities.” University Professor, Japan
    • “It seems counter-intuitive to expect Japanese students to use English with each other to complete these tasks. But not only did they use it, they did it with enthusiasm.” University Assistant Professor, Japan
    • “I haven’t seen any textbook like this in the Taiwan ELT market although I have been teaching for ten years. I think this book will make a great difference in EFL classrooms in Taiwan.” University Professor, Taiwan