teaching professional people english
This is not an erudite debate about the evils of modern communication. It’s just an unassuming item which would be perfect for reviewing vocabulary and passive/active forms, possibly as a 15-minute slot at the end of another lesson. Take a look at the advert, and see what you think.
I’m not sure that I will be buying the product (My handwriting wouldn’t look like that, and what could I have to say that would merit such extraordinary treatment?) However, the idea is intriguing, and the film is just right for pre-intermediate students. We’ve had fun reviewing various language items.
I am aware that most of my posts have touched on this recently, but it’s important. The simplest thing to so with this video is to have students relate the sequence of actions from memory after watching. For elementary students who don’t know the basic computer vocabulary, you can pre-teach the relevant items, possibly providing cards to be put in order.
By the time students reach me they have ‘done’ the passive a dozen times. However, a quick review from time to time is a good idea. ‘Print out the template’ – ‘The template is printed out’ etc. etc. If this proves too difficult, you’ll know you need to come back to it during another lesson.
After explaining this product, students will be better able to tackle explaining other procedures and applications. Here are some ideas – I’m sure you have better ones;
Be difficult, and make people give a blow-by-blow account in minute detail – I have one student who felt that this was an adequate explanation (bless him)
I turn the key. Vroom vroom, the car she starts.
He is in his late teens, and that is the first English he has ever spoken under any circumstances. I put the student in the classroom, and uh….uh…. the learning, he starts…
Oxford University Press’ ‘Tech Talk Pre-intermediate’ is absolutely excellent as a textbook for this sort of thing. Unit 17 in particular presents a list of verbs which may prove extremely useful (is supported, is lifted, is dipped/packed/turned/put/….) If you know others, feel free to comment below.