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1 Weekend TESOL Materials Development Week 14 class notes: Evaluating ELT Materials (workshop), SLO Writing & Choosing Keywords Workshop,

2 Homework Your last reading assignment! Harmer’s Describing Learners –Homework p. 248 –Reading p

3 Get out your text You should have… –Chosen a good text for your age/level –Decided if it’s listening or reading –Picked about 6-10 keywords Share your ideas for the person next with you. If you have activity ideas, great! This is a rough draft so it’s ok if we need to change something.

4 Lesson Plan and Materials 2 This assignment is due in Three weeks (week 16) You will be required to hand in a FULL lesson plan and ALL materials for a receptive skill lesson (reading or listening) You are welcome to turn it in Week 15.

5 Next week I will start meeting with you individually to review your lesson plan and materials Please make sure you bring: –Your SLO (make sure you describe your target students age and level) –Choose keywords and brainstorm how you will do initial assessment, elicitation and comprehension of the new words Next week also bring: –a rough lesson plan of ideas for activities and materials to show me and other members of your team.

6 Create Your SLO Using This Formula By the end of the lesson, SWBAT demonstrate their understanding/comprehension of the __________ (text/passage/story/dialog/conversation /article/etc.),_________ (title of text) BY ______(doing something)__________.

7 Choosing Keywords What are keywords? How do know which words to pre-teach? How many words are appropriate to pre- teach? Why? Look at listening script for the “Korean Food” lesson (p. 104). Underline all the difficult key words and then circle 6-10 key words

8 List of Difficult Words tasty texture chewy beef pork vampire bugs marinated slurping squid octopus blood sausage blood soup silk worm larvae miso soup buckwheat noodles

9 What words would I teach? The “Korean Food” lesson is interesting because the words for the food have been made strange by being expressed in English. I would teach this lesson in the PRE stage differently than the way described in the course packet I would use a collaborative discovery activity, so Ss could discovery the meaning of the Korean words made strange

10 Activate schema and assess prior knowledge with the menu activity 재승 ’s World Famous Korean Restaurant

11 Choosing Keywords Now look at your texts: –How many difficult words are there? –Are all the difficult words keywords? –If you have more than 6-8 keywords, is the text too difficult for your learners? –How will you scaffold Ss learning if the text is too difficult?

12 Lesson Planning-Pre Questions to ask your self: What is your text? What is your SLO? How will you motivate the Ss to engage in the lesson? How will you encourage the students to predict/anticipate the reading/listening lesson? How will you check their prior knowledge? Which words will you pre teach? How will you teach/assess their understanding of new words?

13 Lesson Planning-During What simple question can I ask to have my students notice the … form, setting, genre, mood, gist (see end of reading on PDP framework) How will my students show that they have understood the story or listening text? What materials will I use to support them? How will I include VAKT? Peer learning? Do each of my activities have a purpose given before the Ss listen/read?

14 Lesson Planning-Post What aspect of this lesson can I transfer to another skill? Is there a language point, a theme or a topic which will lend itself to Will it be a speaking or writing activity? What materials do I need to support this?

15 Materials Remember, “[materials] refers to anything which is used by teachers or learners to facilitate the learning of a language” Possible materials: Pictures, PowerPoint, realia, drawing of the white board, teacher talk (for example: CCQs, guiding questions, focusing questions, instructions and anecdotes) a game, worksheets, (SARSed) course book pages, drawing of the seating arrangement Must be age-appropriate (Tom. A-6) Must support/match the lesson. Must be labelled to match the lesson plan. Must follow Tomlinson’s guidelines

16 Aspects of Tomlinson’s Features not in Receptive Skill Lessons 8. Draw learners attn to input 9. Communicative purposes not required 13. Silent period – will happen naturally 15. Not too much controlled practice

17 Planning for Clear Instructions What info do Ss need to know? –page # or materials –task –purpose –groups –time –special considerations such as turn taking, not showing your paper, etc How will T convey that information? –using focusing Qs –previewing –short & simple instructions –chunking –CCQs –modeling –providing visual as well as verbal instructions

18 See you Next Week!

19 Warm Up: Think about this: Why do teachers need to evaluate ELT materials?

20 What are the three stages of evaluation that are addressed in this article?

21 1.External 2.Internal 3.Overall Please, take a moment to describe what happens in each stage.

22 External evaluation Offers a brief “overview” of the materials from the outside (cover, introduction, table of contents) What is the purpose of doing this?  to find out what the books say about themselves

23 External Evaluation: The ‘blurb’ Reach into Backpack and discover a course packed full of exciting activities and bursting with opportunities to get your young learners using English! Your pupils will love the lively approach of Backpack, with its fun illustrations, real-life photography, chants, songs, games and project work. (more deleted for space) You’ll find the course clear and logical to teach, with plenty of support in the Teacher’s Guide. Develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a balanced way that reflects the way your pupils will use English in real life. This is achieved through a wide variety of projects, games, role- plays, songs and puzzles. Gets your pupils interested in reading from an early age, with pull-out Little Books Starter to Level 3 and theme based magazine pages Levels 4-6. Extra practice and revision on the CD-ROM.

24 External Evaluation: Table of Contents Contents Fun in Class My Family All About Me My Clothes At the Toy Shop People Around Town Swinging and Sliding Animal Friends Food I Like

25 Task Define your context: Who and what are you teaching Choose some ESL/EFL course books to examine. Examine the course books by looking at the “blurb” and the introduction. What kind of information about the materials does it give you? What are the “key words” that help you determine this?

26 Which parts of the “blurbs” and introductions would you want to investigate further for your evaluation of the material? What about the “blurb” and introductions made the course book seem appropriate for your target Ss?

27 Once you have selected a course book that is potentially appropriate based on the external evaluation, the next step is to do an internal evaluation of it.

28 Internal evaluation In-depth investigation into the materials. Analysis of the extent to which the factors addressed in the external evaluation actually match up with the content of the coursebook. In order to perform an effective internal inspection of the materials, what is the suggested minimum number of units of the course book that should be examined? Why?

29 Sample Content: Backpack Series

30 Task Continued Investigate if the claims made actually match the content of the course books. Give yourself time to do a thorough evaluation, try to skim over a couple of units and investigate the factors. Which factors do the materials address? Were any factors missing? Would this be a major factor for not adopting this course book? Why?

31 Overall evaluation According to this article, after doing an external and internal evaluation of a course book, you can then make an overall evaluation based on four factors. What are these four factors and what do they mean?

32 1.The usability factor  How “usable” is it for your course? Does it fit in with the syllabus? Is it level and age appropriate for your students? Could you use it as a “core” material or would it serve better as “supplementary” material? 2.The generalizability factor  Is the material generally useful? Can you use most of the material? 3.The adaptability factor  Is the material in the course book adaptable to your particular group of learners and/or for your specific course? 4.The flexibility factor  Can you use different parts of the course book at different times, or is the course book very rigid and you have to follow it exactly the way it is laid out?

33 Final Task: Overall Evaluation Look at your findings from your internal investigation Use the four factors to help you summarize your findings and make your recommendations –The usability factor –The generalizability factor –The adaptability factor –The flexibility factor


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