Pedagogical grammar: teaching options, with Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury gave this talk for ALS DELTA candidates a couple of days ago. It was (as always!) an engaging, interactive and informative session. Here’s a brief summary and some of my thoughts. This is my favourite slide: I think it says it all. Am I teaching grammar? No. You might think you’re NOT teaching […]

Pedagogical grammar: teaching options, with Scott Thornbury
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Lesson: Multi-word verbs (weather)

EFL Summer School

Here’s a vocabulary lesson for learners who are intermediate and above. The material introduces some multi-word verbs in context, looks at meaning and form before allowing some guided practice of the language.

This lesson also attempts to show that multi-word verbs are polysemic and often idiomatic. Even though these multi-word verbs contain weather words, they have nothing to do with the weather. This serve to highlight the fact that meaning comes from context and not from the lexical chunk.

You can download the lesson here: Lesson. Multi-word verbs (weather)

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Phrasal verb maze generator II

EFL Summer School

This teacher resource will generate eight different phrasal verb/multi-word verb mazes in printable worksheets.

Click on the Data tab and type/paste your sentences in the space under Enter your sentences here. In the adjacent cells in the Enter your multi-word verbs here column, write the multi-word verbs as they appear in each sentence. In the final column, Enter definitions of the multi-word verbs here, you can define each multi-word verb.

Multi-word verb maze generator II. Data page

Alternatively, leaving some or all of the cells on the Data tab blank will autogenerate the sentences and multi-word verbs needed in order to play each game. Press F9 on your keyboard to generate a new game with different sentences.

Now click on the Maze tabs: Maze #1Maze #8. Your Multi-word verb mazes are ready to print!

Multi-word verb maze generator II. Maze

You can download the Multi-word verb maze generator II by clicking here: Multi-word verb maze generator II

Alternatively…

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Phrasal verb maze generator

EFL Summer School

This teacher resource will generate a phrasal verb/multi-word verb maze in a printable worksheet.

Click on the Data tab and type/paste your sentences in the space under Enter your sentences here. In the adjacent cells in the Enter your multi-word verbs here column, write the multi–word verbs as they appear in each sentence. In the final column, Enter definitions of the multi-word verbs here, you can define each multi-word verb.

Now click on the Maze tab. Your Multi-word verb maze is ready to print!

You can download the Multi-word verb maze generator by clicking here:Multi-word verb maze generator

Teaching online? You may be interested in this board game for virtual teaching: Board game generator: Virtual teaching (world capital cities)

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Jumbled sentences generator

EFL Summer School

This teacher resource will generate jumbled sentences in a printable worksheet.

Click on the Data tab and type/copy sentences in the space under Enter your sentences here. Now click on the Worksheet tab. Your Worksheet is ready to print!

You can download the Jumbled sentences generator by clicking here: Jumbled sentences generator

Are you writing student report cards any time soon? If yes, you might be interested in this handy tool. It will help you keep a track on how much you are writing, checks that pronouns are being used consistently and ensures names are being spelt correctly: Student report checker

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Age calculator

EFL Summer School

Here’s a handy tool which quickly tells you how old someone is, was or will be on a given date.

Open the spreadsheet and write the date of birth (day-month-year) in column B.

date of birth

Writing a date (day-month-year) in column C will determine how old the person is, was or will be on that specific date. The age is displayed in column D.

ageYou can download the age calculator here: Age calculator

Are you writing student report cards any time soon? If yes, you might be interested in this handy tool. It will help you keep a track on how much you are writing, checks that pronouns are being used consistently and ensures names are being spelt correctly: Student report checker

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ELT ranks

EFL Summer School

English language teaching is hierarchical; we have titles even if we don’t refer to our colleagues using any pre-defined labelling. Some titles may allude to levels of academic achievement, length of service and specific skill sets needed to perform a role. Here are some typical titles which you may find familiar:

  • Teaching Assistant (TA)
  • Teacher
  • Senior Teacher (ST)
  • Assistant Director of Studies (aDoS)
  • Director of Studies (DoS)
  • Academic Director (AD)
  • Teaching Centre Manager (TCM)

All the roles outlined above, except teacher, have an administrative-managerial component that broadly involves tasks which go beyond the scope of preparing and delivering lessons. It’s also true that all people working in a managerial capacity are qualified teachers, although it’s probably the case that an ST would do far more teaching than say a TCM. Also, organisations do typically outline and define each role and where the parameters are, i.e., what people are expected to…

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Class survey (sports)

EFL Summer School

Have you ever performed a class survey? Icebreakers with a new cohort, warmers, lead-ins, consolidating language, reviewing themes… class surveys are dynamic.

As obvious as this may sound, they also get students on their feet. For me personally, the process of doing language requires movement and getting students up provides a change of pace from any sedentary involvement that may have preceded it.

Class surveys promote interactive communication, give opportunities to consolidate language, allow students to personalise their responses and go beyond typical utterances to extend their discourse further. A simple class survey could be performed with a beginner class; the language is provided by the teacher and interaction rarely shift beyond the boundaries of expected adjacency pairs. However, the same class survey might also be performed by a more proficient cohort as a springboard for less predictable interactive communication. I hasten to add that both the beginner and more…

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Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

EFL Summer School

You have two employees:

Employee one

The first is a natural at the job. They manage their workload well and always finish on time. The only criticism is they are not receptive to constructive feedback, specifically in terms of how things should be structured and done on an organisational level; the company has invested time into developing systems which they really want everyone to use. Having said this, employee one has their own way of doing things, and it works effectively.

Employee two

The second person is a different story. There were performance concerns from the outset: deadlines were not being met, straightforward systems and admin were becoming far too labour intensive, and rudimentary features of the role were being forgotten. At a critical point, management intervened. Employee two responded well to feedback and was prepared to work with the managerial team to improve their performance. A plan was drawn…

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