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ELEMENTS OF
FUNCTIONAL
ENGLISH
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WHAT HAVE YOU
IN COMMON?
Icebreaker
• Group A - Handout
• Group B - Instructions
WHAT HAVE YOU
IN COMMON?
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
WHAT AILS
ENGLISH LEARNING?
# Content Materials Method
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS
LOOKING FOR?
Communicative abilities to
• listen with comprehension
• articulate clearly
• receive and ...
WHAT IS ‘FUNCTIONAL’?
•enough to serve a purpose
•just ‘adequate’
•In the context of a foreign
language, it shows that one...
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becoming functional is
• using English to meet everyday needs such
as appointments, invitations, plans, filling
out...
OBJECTIVES OF
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH
• to become functional in English
• to choose appropriate communication methods
• to suit...
GRAMMAR
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FORMAL GRAMMAR
LANGUAGE
Set of rules
PRIORITY
Grammaticality
MAIN CONCERN
Form and structure
MATERIALS
Made...
HOW TO LEARN
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH?
1. Take a course
2. Watch TV
3. Make English speaking friends
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
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FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH –
SUPPORTIVE PRACTICES
• learning through application
• learner-centred approach
• active learning
• pr...
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Teacher Centred
Teaching Time
(Less TTT)
Student Centred
Learning Time
(More STT)
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1. Teacher Talk
2. Choral Response
3. Close-ended Teacher Questioning
4. Open-ended Teacher Questioning
5. Full Cla...
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH –
INTERACTIVE TOOLS
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1. Pair work
2. Group work
3. Elicitation
4. Good instructions
5. Thought pr...
AUTHENTIC MATERIALS
What?
• Real, natural language materials
appropriate to learner needs
Why?
• Interesting, lifelike, us...
BEING ‘UNSURE’
• There are about 300 teachers working in this college.
• There are approximately 5000 students studying he...
BEING ‘UNSURE’
Quiz
Which exercises promote functional
skills and which do not? Why?
mnRAJU
Send your comments to
lionnagaraju@gmail.com
This slideshow is available at
www.authorstream.com/tag/lionnagaraju
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  1. 1. ELEMENTS OF FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH mnRAJU
  2. 2. WHAT HAVE YOU IN COMMON? Icebreaker • Group A - Handout • Group B - Instructions WHAT HAVE YOU IN COMMON? mnRAJU
  3. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. WHAT AILS ENGLISH LEARNING? # Content Materials Method 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 mnRAJU
  4. 4. WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR? Communicative abilities to • listen with comprehension • articulate clearly • receive and send messages • read, understand a variety of documents • write fluently and accurately • use accepted business conventions of format, spelling, grammar and punctuation • deal with customers effectively mnRAJU
  5. 5. WHAT IS ‘FUNCTIONAL’? •enough to serve a purpose •just ‘adequate’ •In the context of a foreign language, it shows that one knows enough to be understood and to understand others mnRAJU
  6. 6. mnRAJU becoming functional is • using English to meet everyday needs such as appointments, invitations, plans, filling out forms, thanking people, seeking information, following instructions etc. • communicating confidently, effectively and independently • becoming functional is neither acquiring knowledge nor being perfect BECOMING FUNCTIONAL
  7. 7. OBJECTIVES OF FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH • to become functional in English • to choose appropriate communication methods • to suit the needs of the audience and the situation • to apply English skills in a variety of contexts • to become increasingly independent, competent and confident mnRAJU
  8. 8. GRAMMAR mnRAJU FORMAL GRAMMAR LANGUAGE Set of rules PRIORITY Grammaticality MAIN CONCERN Form and structure MATERIALS Made up sentences FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR LANGUAGE System of communication PRIORITY Appropriacy MAIN CONCERN Function and meaning MATERIALS Authentic texts
  9. 9. HOW TO LEARN FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH? 1. Take a course 2. Watch TV 3. Make English speaking friends 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. mnRAJU
  10. 10. FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH – SUPPORTIVE PRACTICES • learning through application • learner-centred approach • active learning • problem-solving approach • partnership learning • assessment for learning mnRAJU
  11. 11. mnRAJU Teacher Centred Teaching Time (Less TTT) Student Centred Learning Time (More STT)
  12. 12. mnRAJU 1. Teacher Talk 2. Choral Response 3. Close-ended Teacher Questioning 4. Open-ended Teacher Questioning 5. Full Class Interaction 6. Student Initiated Questioning 7. Group Work 8. Pair Work (Collaboration) 9. Individual Work 10. Self Access Least Most INSTRUCTION PATTERNS
  13. 13. FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH – INTERACTIVE TOOLS mnRAJU 1. Pair work 2. Group work 3. Elicitation 4. Good instructions 5. Thought provoking questions 6. Activities & Games 7. Authentic materials
  14. 14. AUTHENTIC MATERIALS What? • Real, natural language materials appropriate to learner needs Why? • Interesting, lifelike, useful Types? • Printed, audio, visual, multimedia Criteria? • Interest, purpose, appropriateness, quality, language level mnRAJU
  15. 15. BEING ‘UNSURE’ • There are about 300 teachers working in this college. • There are approximately 5000 students studying here. • A large number of students are interested in this course. • Management predicts up to 50% growth next year. • There are so few buses plying to the campus. • They are far fewer than they used to be earlier. • Almost half the students went off the campus. • Not even half of them were anywhere near. • It's difficult to say, but I'd guess a majority stayed away. • I'm not really sure, but I think half of them wanted to stay. mnRAJU
  16. 16. BEING ‘UNSURE’ Quiz Which exercises promote functional skills and which do not? Why? mnRAJU
  17. 17. Send your comments to lionnagaraju@gmail.com This slideshow is available at www.authorstream.com/tag/lionnagaraju www.slideshare.net/lionnagaraju mnRAJU
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