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1 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action Orientation: What is it and how can we foster it in instruction? Getting ready for (just about) anything OR....

2 Getting ready for (just about) anything The dreaded B-word I can do this already... I don‘t get it... I think I know!

3 Getting ready for (just about) anything The CEFR What does CEFR stand for? a. Common Educational Frame of Reference for English b. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages c. Council of Europe Framework for Referring to Languages

4 Getting ready for (just about) anything The CEFR Approach Action Orientation “Handlungsorientierter Ansatz” What learners have to learn to do in order to use English for communication What knowledge and skills learners have to develop to act effectively in society

5 Getting ready for (just about) anything C2 C1 Descriptors & can-do statements for each level, divided into 5 skills: Production speaking writing Reception listening reading Interaction Proficient User B2 B1 Independent User A2 A1 Basic User The CEFR Levels

6 Getting ready for (just about) anything Compatibility CEFALTECambridge A1Breakthrough A2Level 1KET B1Level 2PET B2Level 3FCE C1Level 4CAE C2Level 5CPE The CEFR Levels

7 Getting ready for (just about) anything The CEFR A common framework? Do we have a common basis for syllabi, curricula, exams, textbooks, etc.? Do we agree on what language learners have to learn to do in order to use English for communication? Do we agree on what knowledge and skills they have to develop to act effectively? Do we agree on how proficiency and progress is to be measured at each stage of learning?

8 Getting ready for (just about) anything E8 Standards

9 Getting ready for (just about) anything New Curriculum

10 Getting ready for (just about) anything New Syllabi

11 Getting ready for (just about) anything CEFR Skills Are your students ready for... initiating, sustaining and closing discussions? addressing audiences? making transactions in public life? understanding gist and details of announcements, reports, and presentations? skimming and scanning and guessing meanings of unfamiliar words in the texts they read?

12 Getting ready for (just about) anything CEFR Skills flexibility shopping conversati on test-taking turn-taking sustained monologue Which 3 skills will you not find? writing dialogues sociolinguistic appropriacy dictatio n addressing audiences

13 Getting ready for (just about) anything CEFR Skills And others you’ll find... vocabulary range vocabulary control grammatical accuracy spoken fluency spoken interaction goal-oriented co-operation informal discussions with friends interviewing and being interviewed thematic development

14 Getting ready for (just about) anything CEFR-Based Goals Ich kann kurze Sätze verstehen (A1). Wenn mir das Thema bekannt ist, kann ich einfache Texte im Großen und Ganzen verstehen. (A2) Wenn mir das Thema bekannt ist, kann ich einfache Dialoge verstehen, z.B. über Familie. (A2) Ich kann einfache Fragen stellen und auf solche Fragen antworten, z.B. fragen, wie alt jemand ist und sagen, wie alt ich bin. (A1) Ich kann an einfachen Gesprächen teilnehmen und Interviewfragen beantworten, z.B. über Familien. (A2) Ich kann Personen in wenigen, ganz einfachen Sätzen beschreiben, z.B. Mitglieder einer Familie. (A1) Ich kann Wörter und Sätze richtig abschreiben. (A1) Ich kann einen kurzen Text über mich verfassen. (A1) Ich kann Personen in kurzen, einfachen Sätzen beschreiben und die Sätze mit „und“, „aber“, „oder“, „weil“ verbinden, z.B. meine Familie. (A2)

15 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action Orientation What can you do about it if you are: at home? shopping? at school? with friends? Imagine it’s lunchtime & you’re hungry.

16 Getting ready for (just about) anything CEFR Domains The CEFR identifies 4 domains for action: personal public educational occupational We act according to the situation.

17 Getting ready for (just about) anything Personal Domain warm-up leftovers cook something make a sandwich grab a snack order take-out and: be alone or with others sit at the table, eat in front of the TV, or stand at a bar operations people objects If it’s lunchtime and I’m at home, I might...

18 Getting ready for (just about) anything Personal Domain and something might happen: the phone rings the doorbell rings a family member comes home I spill my glass of juice the lasagne explodes in the microwave the electricity goes out... events

19 Getting ready for (just about) anything Personal Domain Reading: a note about leftovers in the fridge or the baking instructions on a frozen food package. Writing: a note to your family explaining you have gone to get something to eat and when you will return. Monologue: Oh, no! The lasagne! Interaction: call a pizza delivery place and order a pizza. texts

20 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action-oriented tasks Which tasks are action-oriented? Answer in a full sentence, please! Copy the text and change the words. Tell us about your room, Johnny. What does gehen mean in English? For your homework, learn the irregular verbs. What colour is my sweater? Look at the picture. What are they doing? Talk about your best friend for as long as you can without stopping. Learn the dialogue on page 17 by heart. Interview a classmate about his/her favourites. Then write a report.

21 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action-oriented tasks Which exercise is action-oriented? A B

22 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action-oriented tasks Which exercise is action-oriented? A B

23 Getting ready for (just about) anything Action-oriented tasks Which exercise is action-oriented? A B

24 Getting ready for (just about) anything Writing skills To convey emotions Personal story, diary, letter, postcard To inform Report, form, directions, instructions, simple technical description To convince, persuade Statement of opinion, letter of application, letter of advice To entertain, delight, please Stories – beginnings, endings, based on pictures To keep in touch Postcards, letters, s Test specifications to be continued in the workshop....

25 Getting ready for (just about) anything Speaking skills Reporting and describing Events, experiences, feelings, reactions, hopes and dreams, comparing objects and people Re(Telling) Stories, narratives, things Giving reasons and explanations Expository discourse, argumentative discourse, personal statements Personal conversations Greet / depart, invite or request to join, sympathise, ask for and give information, ask for and give advice, ask for and express preference, express feelings and attitudes, initiate, maintain and close a conversation Test specifications to be continued in the workshop....

26 Getting ready for (just about) anything Reading skills Skimming/gist text type topic purpose Scanning/detail specific details Understanding explicit main ideas (vs. details) facts, opinions, definitions logical organisation cohesive relationships deducing Lexis – guessing meaning Test specifications to be continued tomorrow....

27 Getting ready for (just about) anything Listening skills Direct meaning Gist Main info / fact-opinion Details Inferred meaning Inferring/deducing Speaker‘s attitude Connecting to situation Connecting to function Guessing meaning Phonology Test specifications to be continued tomorrow....

28 Getting ready for (just about) anything Listening skills Direct meaning What is it about? What are the three tips? What does Adam think about...? Why is it a good idea to...? Inferred meaning Why do you think Adam...? How does Adam feel about...? Where are they? How does Adam show he is angry? What does „outrageous“ mean? Phonology – Who has a strong accent? Test specifications to be continued tomorrow....

29 Getting ready for (just about) anything Dynamic skills

30 Getting ready for (just about) anything Keywords descriptors texts events domains CEFR/GER S action orientation E8 chewing the KUDs test specs boredom can-dos objec ts levels accuracy 5 skills

31 Getting ready for (just about) anything Reflection What do I want to remember? What does this mean for me? What do I need or want to do now?

32 Getting ready for (just about) anything Resources The CEFR – pdfs online or order print version! for handbooks, tasks and help with assessing levels Sprachtestzentrum for test specs and other info Standardstraining Englisch by Rainer Brock (öbv) from the Hungarian British Council links to BBC Learning English content (B1) for online self-assessment and tips Current coursebooks and materials Your imagination


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