Re: How to effectively structure an English language lesson
I entirely agree that an informal class conversation about the subject should come first to make sure everyone understands the basics and the terminology etc. So in this example, a conversation about the greenhouse effect to show what the students already know and understand would logically come first, to my mind.
I would put them in this order:
b) Students talk about what they know about the greenhouse effect and how it affects the planet.
e) The teacher clarifies the meaning of important vocabulary items from the conversation and which will appear in the text.
f) The teacher gives the students the text.
c) The teacher gives students a task that checks general, overall understanding of the text.
a) The teacher gives students a task that checks detailed understanding of the text.
d) Students discuss the text and their ideas of how the greenhouse effect could be reduced in their countries.
That way, the class begins and ends with discussion. Terminology is explained before the text is handed out. Then come the text and the tasks. After the text has been read, understood both in general and in detail, another discussion can be had based on the students' original thoughts and any changes in their attitude and opinion based on the contents of the text, including how that impacts on how they think the greenhouse effect could be reduced in their countries.
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