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Motivating Learners [An Integrated Skills Lesson]

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An Integrated Skills lesson (based on a Reading Text). The idea is to show ways of exploiting our coursebook texts as fully as possible by tweaking activities and / or adding tasks.

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Motivating Learners [An Integrated Skills Lesson]

  1. 1. Nick Michelioudakis Motivating Learners [An integrated Skills Lesson] By Nick Michelioudakis
  2. 2. Session Aims • How can we get students interested in the text? • How can we make reading interesting? • How can we help students make the most of the language in the text? • How can we make the most of the text (by integrating reading with other skills)?
  3. 3. Pre-Reading 1 We are going to read a story about Anne’s first day as a teacher. The text contains the following words: smile – read – water – tired – beautiful – exercises With your partner, try to link them together in a story that makes sense.
  4. 4. • In the next slide, you are going to see some incomplete sentences about what happens in the story. • With the person next to you, try to complete each one so that it makes sense (use your imagination). • When you have finished, we will read the text (quickly!) and you will have to complete the sentences on the basis of the information in the text. Pre-Reading 2
  5. 5. Pre-Reading 2 SENTENCES PREDICTIONS TEXT Anna had prepared a speech to give the children but… Most of the children in the class appeared to be… Jane Andrews was naughty. During the lesson she took out… Anne punished Jane for misbehaving. She made her… At the end of her first day as a teacher, Anne felt…
  6. 6. Reading 1 – [60 seconds!] Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  7. 7. Reading 1 – [60 seconds!] http://cueprompter.com/
  8. 8. Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  9. 9. Reading 1 SENTENCES PREDICTIONS TEXT Anna had prepared a speech to give the children but… Most of the children in the class appeared to be… Jane Andrews was naughty. During the lesson she took out… Anne punished Jane for misbehaving. She made her… At the end of her first day as a teacher, Anne felt…
  10. 10. Reading 2 • Did you notice anything strange about the text? • That’s right – there were some extra words there (I should know, because I put them there myself!  ) • There are 15 extra words altogether. These words make up a message – from me to you. • With your partner, try to spot these words so you can read what the message says.
  11. 11. Reading 2 – [Hidden message!] Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  12. 12. Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  13. 13. Reading 2 – [Hidden message!] Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  14. 14. Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was being a student and now she was a teacher. It was a strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s new desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. teacher Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now is she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their very desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children often looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was not like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them quite exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was as Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few easy drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and as she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about some good manners. At the end of the people day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school think door and started to walk home.
  15. 15. Writing – What happened next? • There is something missing from the story – the ending. What do you think happened after Anne left school? With your partner try to write what happened next (you needn’t write too much; about 4 lines should be ok). • At the bottom of the hill she met one of the girls from her class. She gave her a small bunch of wild flowers. “I came back to give you these”, she said. “I thought you might like them. And I like you, teacher”. Anne took the flowers and smiled. “Thank you”, she said. “They are beautiful”. Suddenly Anne didn’t feel tired at all. She was happy and hopeful.
  16. 16. Anne felt nervous as she entered the classroom. Just last year she was a student and now she was a teacher. It was strange to be on the other side of the teacher’s desk. The children were ready for lessons to begin. Anne had a speech to give the children about helping and learning, but now she could not remember a word of it. “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children looked cheerful, but a few seemed unfriendly. The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was like a dream. She listened to the children read, she helped them with sums and she set them exercises. Only two of the children were naughty. The first was Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She poured a few drops of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and she kept Emma in at break to talk to her about good manners. At the end of the day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching after all. She locked the school door and started to walk home.
  17. 17. What about language? • Anne felt nervous as she …………. the classroom. Just last year she was a student and now she was a teacher. It was …………. to be on the other side of the teacher’s desk. • The children were ready for lessons to begin. Anne had a speech to ………the children about helping and learning, but now she could not remember …………. of it. • “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children looked …………. , but a few seemed unfriendly. • The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was like a …………. . She listened to the children read, she helped them with ………… and she ……… them exercises. Only two of the children were …………. . The first was Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She …………. a few …………of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and she kept Emma in at ………… to talk to her about good …………. . • At the end of the day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching ……………. . She …………. the school door and started to walk home.
  18. 18. • Anne felt nervous as she …………. the classroom. Just last year she was a student and now she was a teacher. It was …………. to be on the other side of the teacher’s desk. • The children were ready for lessons to begin. Anne had a speech to ………the children about helping and learning, but now she could not remember …………. of it. • “Please take your books out” she said. While the children opened their desks and took out their books, Anne looked at them all. Most of the children looked …………. , but a few seemed unfriendly. • The day passed quickly. Later, Anne couldn’t remember it very well. It was like a …………. . She listened to the children read, she helped them with ………… and she ……… them exercises. Only two of the children were …………. . The first was Jane Andrews. She took out her two pet grasshoppers during the lesson. The second was Emma Pye. She …………. a few …………of water down Aurelia Clay’s neck. Anne made Jane stand at the front of the class for an hour and she kept Emma in at ………… to talk to her about good …………. . • At the end of the day, the children left and Anne packed up her things. She felt tired and a little bit sad. She didn’t know if she liked teaching ……………. . She …………. the school door and started to walk home.
  19. 19. Speaking – Any tips? • As Anne discovered, being a new teacher is not so easy. Now imagine that a friend of yours has just started working as an English language teacher. If they asked you for advice, what tips would you give them? With the person next to you, try to come up with at least four.
  20. 20. Homework • This friend of yours also asked another teacher for some tips (see the e-mail below). • Read through the e-mail. Do you agree with this person? • Rewrite the e-mail so that it gives better advice. • Feel free to add some extra tips if you want! 
  21. 21. Homework… Hi John, Good to hear that you got your first job as an English language teacher. OK – since you ask for my advice, here are some simple rules that I follow: Be strict with the students and never smile at them. If you do, they will see you as a friend and misbehave in class. Always follow the book and never use any games in class. Games are noisy and they don’t teach students any language anyway. Give students as much homework as possible. Even if they don’t do everything, they are likely to do some of it. In class, you should only work with the good students. There is no point in trying to teach the others as they do not want to learn anyway. If you take my advice, you cannot go wrong. Do write and tell me how you like your new life. Take care,
  22. 22. Hi John, Good to hear that you got your first job as an English language teacher. OK – since you ask for my advice, here are some simple rules that I follow: Be strict with the students and never smile at them. If you do, they will see you as a friend and misbehave in class. Always follow the book and never use any games in class. Games are noisy and they don’t teach students any language anyway. Give students as much homework as possible. Even if they don’t do everything, they are likely to do some of it. In class, you should only work with the good students. There is no point in trying to teach the others as they do not want to learn anyway. If you take my advice, you cannot go wrong. Do write and tell me how you like your new life. Take care,
  23. 23. Let’s recap – Top Tips • The key to student motivation is student investment; get students to invest. • Give students a reason to read texts in detail. • Help students make the most of the language in the text. • Think beyond the text – ‘What other activities can I attach to it?’ • Support students with H/W; make sure they have i) a model and ii) ideas.
  24. 24. Blog: www.michelioudakis.org Blog: simply type ‘ELTNick’ YouTube channel: ‘Comedy for ELT’ E-mail: nickmi@ath.forthnet.gr Nick Michelioudakis
  25. 25. Nick Michelioudakis +30 6932123166 www.michelioudakis.org nickmi@ath.forthnet.gr NB: All the video clips you have watched today can be found onNB: All the video clips you have watched today can be found on YouTube under ‘Comedy for ELT’ or ‘Psychology and ELT’.YouTube under ‘Comedy for ELT’ or ‘Psychology and ELT’.

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