Syllabus design


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My sample thematic syllabus, Tesol part 2. Grade 12, duration 1 year

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Syllabus design

  2. 2. • Level of learners: Intermediate• Age: 17-19 Years• Grade: 12
  3. 3. GOALS:• Introduce students to a wide range of topics of interest.• Enable them to use language in actual communication.• Students will be able to extend what they learn to practical application.• Students will develop knowledge and understanding of: ▫ the contexts, purposes and audiences of texts ▫ the forms and features of language ▫ the structures of texts.
  4. 4. Learning skills and strategiesStudents will develop skills in:• • responding to and composing a range of texts• • effective communication• • individual and collaborative learning• • investigation, imaginative and critical thinking, and synthesis of ideas• • reflection as a way to review, reconsider and refine meaning and learning.
  5. 5. Value of LearningStudents will come to value and appreciate:• • the role of language in developing positive interaction and cooperation• • their developing skills as users of English• • the pleasure and diversity of language and literature• • the role of language and literature in their lives• • the study and use of English as a key to learning• • reflection on their own processes of learning• • English as a language of communication and culture• • appropriateness, subtlety and aesthetics in language use.
  6. 6. • Type of Syllabus: Thematic• Rationale:  Focus on the meaning of language, ratherFlexibility in content choice  Flexibility in tasks and activities  Themes related to students’ level and interest  Variety of topics and text types  Scope for recycling learning and ideas  Balance and progression of skills within each unit
  7. 7. Syllabus Organization ▫ Organizing Principle – Themes ▫ 5 Topics for each theme ▫ Multiple text types within each theme
  8. 8. TABLE OF CONTENTSChildhood •Optimism In childhood – Kimika Hahn •Bullying The Dolls’s house – Katherine Mansfield •Disappointment Games at Twilight – Anita Desai •Wishes End of Term – David Daiches •Sibling Rivalry Topdog/ Underdog – Suzan Lori ParksSocial concerns •Child Labour The Chimney Sweeper – William Blake[Rights] •Racial Equality – Maya Angelou Discrimination •Gender In equality Shakespeare’s Sister – Virginia Woolfe •Animal Rights A campaign against Bull Fighting – Ad Film •Senior Citizenship Senior Citizens – Vikram KarveFacet’s of the •Insecurity Once upon a time – Nadine GordimerWorld •Women’s world The Cairo rooftop – Naguib Mahfooz [Trans. William Hitchins, Olive Kenny] •Imperialism Shooting an Elephant – George Orwell •Social divides Modern Society – Neil Adams •Ideological Gulliver’s Travels – A voyage to Lilliput – differences Jonathan Swift
  9. 9. TABLE OF CONTENTSRelationships •Love and When I was one and twenty – A.E. Houseman Heartache •Generation gap Marriage is a Private Affair – Chinua Achebe •Mother’s love A mother’s Love – Helen Steiner Rice •Strengthening Make me feel important – Jamie Jefferson relations •Family Bonds A Fitzgerald Family Christmas – MovieEvolving •Changing From a dictionary of the English Language –Language Interpretations Samuel Johnson • Spelling and The Prologue – the Canterbury Tales Pronunciation •Transition in The Middle English – the language in transition Language •Poetic Language To a Mouse – Robert burns •Spoken English Pride and Prejudice – Movie
  10. 10. Syllabus Lists ▫ Language Elements:  Grammar  Lexis [Vocabulary]  Phonology
  11. 11. THEME TOPIC TEXT LEXICAL ITEMS GRAMMAR PHONO- FOCUS LOGICAL FOCUSSocialConcerns Child Labour ‘The Chimney Scarcely, Misery, Sweep, innocence, Regular and irregular verbs /ai/ Sweeper’ Soot, spoil, coffin of Past and present black, woe participle Poem William Blake Racial Discrimi- ‘Equality’ Dimly, faintly, boldly, painful, marching, Adverbs of Manner, /ei/ nation confess, compelling Adverbial beating, nightly Phrases and clauses Poem – Maya Angelou
  12. 12. THEME TOPIC TEXT LEXICAL ITEMS GRAMMAR PHON FOCUS O- LOGIC AL FOCUSSocial Gender ‘Shakespea Evidently, genius, Subordinating /δυ/Concerns Inequality re’s Sister’ ignorance, shrank, conjunctions, Use heiress, poached, of Idioms, escapade, fortune, Complex adventurous sentences, Adjuncts, Satire, Essay - Virginia Woolfe Animal Advertisem Calf, spear, cape, Modals: ‘Should’, Rhotic / Rights ent- A matador, ‘ought’ and r/ campaign spectators, arena, ‘Should not’ against bull latch, hooked, fighting blood sport Ad film
  13. 13. THEME TOPIC TEXT LEXICAL ITEMS GRAMMAR PHONO- FOCUS LOGICAL FOCUSSocial Senior ‘Senior Redoubtable, Compound and ConsonantConcerns Citizensh Citizens’ Intrepid, effeminate. complex clusters ip Menacing, sentences, /str/, /bl/ exasperation, Connectors of premium, reason and indefatigable, choice metamorphosis, drastic Short Story- Vikram Karve
  14. 14. Shaping the Syllabus• Matrix format• Charting text selections over a grid for the 4 communication skills• A separate Task for Critically Evaluating the text and extending it beyond the text book.
  15. 15. Data Processing Communicative tasks Critical Thinking Task Topics Reading Listening Speaking WritingThe Chimney Skimming, Retaining Role Play – Make a print Drawing a Sweeper – Scanning for chunks, Enact a ad – a skilled comparison with childWilliam Blake key words Recognizing scene from a chimney labour in Pakistan – rhythmic poem, say sweeper search 5 articles. patterns the lines in available for Write your own. correct tone hire – add visuals Equality – Text Recognizing Interaction, Make posters Comparison with castMaya Angelou Cohesion, word order dialogue for a peaceful differences in the Identifying patterns between poet rally for racial subcontinent- elements of and equality prevalent today? Take subjectivity of oppressor a poll about attitudes. writer 10 students, 10 grownups.Shakespeare’s Skimming, Listening for Interview of A diary entry ‘To write great Sister – Recognizing specific the character by literature, aVirginia Woolfe syntactic information, described in Shakespeare woman must have patterns, Stressed the story – ‘My sister is money and a private Scanning for words a rebel’ place’, Evaluate w.r.t. key words the world today.
  16. 16. Data Processing Communicative tasks Critical Thinking Topics Reading Listening Speaking Writing TaskAdvertisement- A Guessing Recognizing Describing Letter to the Animal Testing,campaign against meaning from the effect of visuals newspaper Caged birds & pets, bull fighting context non verbal Act out how a editor – issue security dogs, sounds [e.g. caged parrot of ill-treatment neutering – grunts] feels of animals Ill-treatment? • Find out facts, write a report.Senior Citizens – Inferencing, Tone of Speech and A Pamphlet – Care of Vikram Karve predicting dialogues gender – Highlighting grandparents outcomes switch the old the through illness – man to an old ‘advantages’ what do the youth lady- how of an Old contribute? would the Home Conduct a survey. speech change?
  17. 17. Manner of Assessment• The Examination for Intermediate level are only taken in the written format.• Therefore the tasks have many activities based on writing skill, in order to enable students to express themselves in the written exam.