Or Dogme on the phone.
Discuss presentations the student has/will see, topical news and practise meetings.
1)5 mins Review
2)20 mins Main activity
3)5 mins Review, extension, HW ideas
Level assessment=weak pre-int
1)Corrections and language for his presentations
2)News podcast discussions
Thoughts: Rusty student who needs more speaking opportunities
1)Review of last lesson
2)I asked lots of questions about the presentation PPT (company recommendations) and pushed into perfect, continuous and future tenses.
3)I asked how recommendations will affect my student and the company
4)The discussion evolved to cover:
Education vs experience
5)I wrapped up with a review and suggestions
Thoughts:The student doesn’t have time for HW so I need to stress more on the summary and revision or more on error correction and eliciting examples
2)I asked questions about a new project (from PPT)
3)I supported explanations
5)We finished with a discussion about next lesson
Thoughts: More reformulation for checking rather than correction
1)Practised key points from last lesson in various short discussions
2)Discussed main weaknesses and why
3)I asked questions about work which required the correct points
4)Student chose to discuss France losing AAA rating and the effects on the country, his industry and company
5)Worked on If+Will and modals of possibility.
6)Reviewed and chose main points of importance
Thoughts:I will choose and mail a selection of MP3 news story before every lesson for the student to choose from
Lesson 5 (based on a listening about Steve Jobs: http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/theclassroom/articles/american_culture/Steve-Jobs-Remembered-133101618.html)
2)I asked questions eliciting the use of the key vocab.If it was not understood I created situations where it was needed and introduced it then checked it with content follow-up questions.
3)I asked LOTS of questions about Apple, their products, what/why my student likes them and the influence of Steve Jobs. i also asked about the future of the company
Some grammar/vocab from the lesson (besides from 7+ from the text)
Present perfect vs Past simple
USP (unique selling proposition)/competitive advantage
To have a monopoly
To be compatible/incompatible
The marketing/pricing strategy
4)Reviewed/recycled with questions
Thoughts:Worked VERY well and introduced an out-of-class listening.Next lesson presentation work+short story?
Lesson 6 (Xmas/New Year chat + discussion based on MP3 of: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1112/111227-brazil_economy.html )
1)Asked questions about the holiday requiring the use of the main grammar weak points from last lesson
2)I explained about my holiday using present prefect and past simple
3)We discussed the differences in time
4)Elicited a summary of the MP3 file
5)I asked questions based on the theme/listening which required use of:
Vocabulary from the listening
6)I different strategies for correction:
a)I repeated the wrong words with rising intonation
b)I used checking phrases
c)I gave a choice or incorrect and correct versions
d)I signalled an error was made and asked for repetition
e)I helped reformulate correct versions
f)I elicited explanations of errors to rework incorrect understanding
g)I referred back to a similar error that was corrected in a past lesson
7)I elicited the main points from the lesson and discussed the next class
Thoughts:I should cover more of the language from the listening by perhaps rephrasing extracts. I should also ‘I think’ opportunities and start disagreeing and having a more natural conversation.
Lesson 7 (revision/extension + discussion on
1)Reviewed main errors and discussed corrections from last lesson
2)Student summarised his understanding of the MP3 and gave his opinions
3)I introduced synonyms for ‘I think’
4)We discussed the reasons behind the popularity of online shopping and compared it to high street shopping.
Giving reasons with ‘because, due to, on account of’
Lexis about doing business online
6)We also discussed teleworking and working from home
7)We reviewed pronunciation errors
Thoughts: A good lesson because I engaged in a real conversation instead of just asking questions. I disagreed, asked for explanations, posed statements, asked checking questions and sometimes just agreed.