creatively extend and speechify tefl/esl coursebook material?
June 23, 2010 11:27 AM Subscribe
I'm using textbooks for my tefl/esl classes (teaching English to adults). I'm looking for ways to use the coursebook material more creatively and extend practise time, and how to create speaking material from it.
posted by Not Supplied to writing & language (3 answers total)
I don't have a lot of prep time at the moment as I'm teaching 6 hours a day and I'm also a new teacher, so making tailored lessons that lead the students through step by step is not on the cards.
I'm looking for ways to quickly extend and create new stuff out of my coursebooks. My students are badly in need of more speaking practise so I've tried to get them talking with the materials.
They are mostly monolingual and either not that motivated or speak much worse than their other skills so need to find ways to get them to use the target language as well instead of just saying what they've always said in a half arsed way.
What I've come up with so far:
Use the answers to questions as ideas only, students come up with different answers
Students write their own questions
Turn questions into a pair speaking activity.
Personalise it - make it about a place they know from home.
Also any good reading for this sort of thing. I've come across 'Humanising your coursebook' by 'Mario Riavluen on the net, but haven't seen a copy.
Any active forums to discuss this kind of thing as well?