All entries for October 2009

October 21, 2009

Emergent Grammar

Teaching Grammar as a part of the  lesson, in small fragments and then having some practise I feel is my way of doing grammar . However sometimes I do revisit a grammar point if I feel the students are struggling with understanding, and usage. I do agree with the author and have experienced the frustration when students continue to make the same mistakes even after having had instructions on how to use a particular tense or form, it is definitely  a case of taking one step forward and two steps backward. 

Teaching Grammar Mc Nuggets style is  not exactly how I would say the process of grammar teaching is  with my colleagues. It's  mostly a PPP model, with a little warm up or introduction, using a text or discussion which is geared to lead to the grammar point. This followed by some expalnation, then may be answering any doubts or questions. Then some practise.With this methods I feel more in control, and at ease. But there are many times when I'm trying to teach a particular Grammar point, another one crops up, and I realise the follies of teaching grammar points in isolation. 

I think it is the linearity and complexity of acquiring grammar  that may be responsible for younger students making far more progress than older ones. This may be because of motivation, need or just a case of being able to adapt easily at a younger age. It is in the  end a process of acquiring  language with all it's different  rules and variations.

October 08, 2009

Inclusive learning Resources

I have decided to use a resource for Entry 1 learners, It is  a speaking activity.The activity has been adapted from

The resource is very cluttered with a lot of information on a single A4 sheet and  uses text boxes to display information. It also underlines some phrases. I feel this resources would not be accessible to all learners because it uses a small font, has a white background,which I don't think is the best contrast to use.

I have got rid of the phrases "Caller A and Caller B" instead, I've  used a photo of two different people talking over the phone to ease understanding.

I have also used a pale  yellow background to increase  the contrast.

I have split the information over two different sheets,used Arial font 14 - 16, and have removed text boxes. I have also got rid of the image of the note pad, and got rid of all text boxes. However, I have retained the table because I think that is a essential part of the activity.

Although this activity includes a role play, there are no role play cards included. I've therefore designed some role play cards to complete the activity.

October 05, 2009

Formative Assessment

I gather that formative assessment should include medals, missions and goals. Medals are important  to show the learner what they have done well; missions tell them what they should aim for; goals inform them how they should achieve it.

Praise sandwich =praise + constructive criticism + praise.

Assessment can be self assessment,peer assessment or teacher assessment. Peer assessment teaches leaner's how they can avoid mistakes.

Assessment should be ongoing an ongoing process.

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