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Draw Me a Picture: Tools for Visual Learners


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What would a picture of language acquisition look like? The 6-Point Model for Speaking English shows you along with images for every aspect of language learning from the historical breakdown between Writing and Speaking in 1476 and the 6-Point Model (which is essentially the road map to fluency), to Venn diagrams on how English compares to other major languages are all represented in pictures. This presentation features a series of images that show how to teach learners to speak English quickly and confidently using simple tools they already have - ABC's and Colors. Draw Me a Picture was presented at TESL Canada 2015 and TESL Ontario 2015. Since a picture says a thousand words there is a lot of material to digest in this talk. For copies of the images email
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Draw Me a Picture: Tools for Visual Learners

  1. 1. Judy Thompson TESL Ontario 2015
  2. 2. Agenda  Why learners don’t speak English no matter how long they study? 2 minutes  Spoken English is different from Written English Venn Language Diagrams 15 minutes  The missing bridge between writing and speaking. Thompson Vowel Chart 15 minutes  The Six-Point Model for Speaking English 10 minutes  Grammar Goodies - Rita Baker 3 minutes  Conclusion 2 minutes
  3. 3. Why Don’t Learners Speak English Now?  We have no idea how to teach Speaking  Manuel Story – Heartbreaker Alert - my CLB 3 super student from Paraguay was a doctor in his country, 50 yrs old, wanted to practice medicine in Canada He completed CLB 8 passing all his tests with flying colors but didn’t speak English any differently than the day he arrived in this country Manuel would never be a doctor in Canada because I didn’t teach him to speak English  It changed my life – I vowed never to let students down this way again
  4. 4. William Caxton Split English in Two
  5. 5. Writing vs. Speaking We Only Teach Writing Because it is All We Learned to Do
  6. 6. In case I forget to mention:  Only say things that are true – all the time – no exceptions  Use the information students already know – ABC, colors, numbers – true is true at every level  It’s empowering to start every lesson with, “You know this already” – I’ll show you how to do that  Vowel sounds are the main problem but there is an easy fix. Each vowel sound is found in the name of a different color
  7. 7. Every Word in English is a Color This is the Bridge to Pronunciation Regardless of spelling: Gray words: day, rain, great, eight, ate.. Black words: cat, half, laugh, plaid... Pink words: sister, pretty, women, busy... JUdy is Blue  What color is your name?  Do this with an elastic band to help your students find the stressed syllable/name color  Blank Color Vowel Chart class exercise
  8. 8. The Vast Majority of Learners are Beginner/Intermediate The Vowel Chart is their Golden Key to Speaking Success
  9. 9. Recap  Writing and Speaking are different and we know most about writing  Colors are a perfect bridge from Writing to Speaking (and back but we aren’t doing that)  Every word in English is a color  The color holds the pronunciation and the all- important WORD STRESS  The pattern is the same for Sentence Stress  The Linking consonants ‘y’ & ‘w’ are also in the chart
  10. 10. More Fun Venns Vocabulary Doesn’t Belong in the Intersection Writing and Speaking Vocabulary are too Different
  11. 11. Students are Not Mute  Any two languages are more the same than different  Learners already make most of the sounds they need to speak English effectively  Start with what learners already know  What is the difference between accent and intelligibility? You have to ask me back for that.
  12. 12. English and Spanish
  13. 13. English and French
  14. 14. English and Arabic
  15. 15. Rita Baker – The Global Approach All Possible Grammar Structures on One Page
  16. 16. Summary  It’s possible we make learning English more difficult than it has to be  English is simple – not easy, but simple  It take 30 hours to teach the PATTERNS of English that are always true  If you don’t know them – find them on the internet Do you see the arrow in the FedEx logo? You can’t un-know things you see now that you never noticed before.
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