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1. And what the objective meansThe purpose is not be telling you what language you should be teaching and it is not    to ...
My italics.This raises some questions – next slide                                          3
And maybe a more important question for us today – next slide                                                             ...
There are no correct answers, but these are things that each school needs to bethinking about, as MEXT also says that each...
Here’s how one school did this. We can see that the objective is just areordering/simplification of the MEXT objective.My ...
And here’s what some teachers I work with have told me.1. Fun is good, but is it helping the students to do something with...
1. As MEXT says that “in principle”, English should be chosen for foreign language   activities.If we accept these assumpt...
ELL stands for English language learners. You have an English and a Japanese version.Try to work quickly. You have 10 minu...
Their personal world is “family, friends, belongings, feelings, and thoughts aboutothers” (Garcia, 2006, p178).           ...
All of these sentences could be interactional, but some fit only into the interactionalcategory. They are the ones you sho...
Did you get the same answers?Respond to any comments.*Most likely difference is f). Can I have one? is an utterance that t...
Assign one section per group. Do not assign Beginning Literacy as aspects of this willlikely be covered in conjunction wit...
Lets look at what these might be – next slide.                                                 14
Subject = studentsPerformance is what they will be able to do (introduce themselves or followdirections).Conditions: If fo...
How the performance will be observed or tested. The main form of measurement Isee is classroom observation, but as I’m sur...
MEXT warns against a focus on language skills as such. The criteria can easily beadapted to match MEXT guidelines by inclu...
I will upload them to Keynet where they will be available for everyone.                                                   ...
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What am i going to teach my English class

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Gary Shewan 87004465
Massey University 272.704
Assignment 4
Appendix E

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What am i going to teach my English class

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  2. 2. 1. And what the objective meansThe purpose is not be telling you what language you should be teaching and it is not to give you a set of activities to do in class. My rationale is that you are all qualified and capable teachers who know your students and how they learn best. However, a number of teachers have expressed concern about not really knowing what to teach. I have seen that many others just follow the textbook from start to finish.I want to help you make decisions about content rather than relying on the textbook to decide on content. Remember that unlike other subjects, the English textbook is not compulsory. 2
  3. 3. My italics.This raises some questions – next slide 3
  4. 4. And maybe a more important question for us today – next slide 4
  5. 5. There are no correct answers, but these are things that each school needs to bethinking about, as MEXT also says that each local Board of Education is supposed torefine the overall objective to fit their context. Each school is then supposed to refinethe objective further, considering their own students. 5
  6. 6. Here’s how one school did this. We can see that the objective is just areordering/simplification of the MEXT objective.My favourite part is here (英語ノート crossed out and Hi, Friends hand written in).This school clearly plans to use the new textbook to teach the contents of the oldone!Amusing as it may be, ask yourself if your school is any different. One vice-principaltold me that he thought this was typical for virtually all schools ... He had no ideaabout his own school. 6
  7. 7. And here’s what some teachers I work with have told me.1. Fun is good, but is it helping the students to do something with English? It may depend on the game, but without some kind of follow up, the answer is probably “no”.2. OK, but have you thought about what you want the students to be able to do? Does the textbook achieve that? Does it help?3. Great. You’ve realised we can’t follow the teachers’ book blindly. We need to think about our particular students. The same applies for the student textbook. 7
  8. 8. 1. As MEXT says that “in principle”, English should be chosen for foreign language activities.If we accept these assumptions, it’s surely important to think carefully about whatthe objectives should be. Lets start by looking at some of the things we can teach. 8
  9. 9. ELL stands for English language learners. You have an English and a Japanese version.Try to work quickly. You have 10 minutes.Now you have a list of language to work with, we need to consider how the studentswill use it. It may pay to look at how children use language – next slide 9
  10. 10. Their personal world is “family, friends, belongings, feelings, and thoughts aboutothers” (Garcia, 2006, p178). 10
  11. 11. All of these sentences could be interactional, but some fit only into the interactionalcategory. They are the ones you should place there. 11
  12. 12. Did you get the same answers?Respond to any comments.*Most likely difference is f). Can I have one? is an utterance that tries to induce anaction in the listener – giving something to the speaker. Asking for permission isincluded in this function. 12
  13. 13. Assign one section per group. Do not assign Beginning Literacy as aspects of this willlikely be covered in conjunction with all of the other sections.As an example, draw attention to lesson 3 in Hi Friends 2 (the textbook). It containssome useful language for self introductions and an activity “Lets Introduce ourselves”but the activity (strangely) does not involve self introductions. We would need tosupplement the textbook here. 13
  14. 14. Lets look at what these might be – next slide. 14
  15. 15. Subject = studentsPerformance is what they will be able to do (introduce themselves or followdirections).Conditions: If following directions is the performance, 3 step verbal might be theconditions. It tells us what kind of directions. This might also include what languagecould be used –using the vocabulary on p6-7 of Hi Friends 2 – or any other conditions. 15
  16. 16. How the performance will be observed or tested. The main form of measurement Isee is classroom observation, but as I’m sure you are aware, there are other methodsavailable. 16
  17. 17. MEXT warns against a focus on language skills as such. The criteria can easily beadapted to match MEXT guidelines by including these things and other behavioursthat enhance communication (manners, for example). Of course specific languageskills will help significantly in getting the message across. 17
  18. 18. I will upload them to Keynet where they will be available for everyone. 18

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