3 Future Possible Selves Possible Selves are individuals’ ideas ofwhat they could become,what they would like to become, andwhat they are afraid of becoming(Markus and Nurius, 1986)what they would like to be: the Ideal Self)what they feel they should be: the Ought To Self(Higgins 1998)
4 Future Possible Selves This defines four future possible selves:The Ideal SelfThe Ought to SelfThe Feared SelfThe Default Self
5 The Ideal Future L2 Self‘The ideal L2 self is a powerful motivator because we would like to reduce the discrepancy between our actual and ideal selves.’(Dornyei 2009)
6 The Ideal L2 Self: seven steps Creating The VisionSubstantiating the VisionCounterbalancing the VisionUnifying the VisionEnhancing the VisionOperationalising the VisionKeeping the Vision Alive
11 Operationalising the Vision You must understand, I am not by nature a daydreamer. I try to control those parts of my life that can be controlled, to plan everything that I want to happen down to the most insignificant detail. I traffic in a world in which fractions of a second separate success and failure, so I'd visualized the 1996 Olympics down to the millisecond. I'd crafted a decade of dreams into ambitions, refined ambitions into goals, and finally hammered goals into plans (Johnson, 1996; p. 14)
16 Vision to Goals Entails: analysing vision into list of ambitions, and classifying these into those achievable within the syllabus, those which could be added in and those to be met by self-studyrevisiting original vision and breaking it down into list of long-term and short term goalsAdditional group dynamics aim : keeping the group together
20 Personal Goal Statement Class Goals, eg:ask the way and understand directionsread a menu and order foodPersonal goals ( not covered by the syllabus),eg:rent a carunderstand street signs quicklyIn order to do this I will, eg:find some additional materials on car rentalsput in extra reading practice
22 Goal breakdown: short term goals Class goals:By the end of the week we will:……………………………………………………………….Additional Personal Goals: By the end of the week I will:…………………………………………………………………I will spend ……… hours of self study to achieve this:Signed:Witnessed:
24 Goals to Plans Entails: translating weekly goals into a study plan breaking down of short term or weekly goals into a series of concrete tasksthe ordering of these tasks into a timetable or study plan
25 Goals to Plans This week in class we will: For homework we will: For self-study I will:
30 Plans to Strategies Entails: Introducing students to a range of helpful techniques to improve their study efficiency and helping them to select those which work best for them in order to carry out their study plans more effectively
31 StrategiesAchievement strategies: study techniques that can be used to improve learning eg by aiding memorisation or improving note-taking Avoidance strategies: Techniques that can be used to overcome barriers to learning, eg by avoiding distraction or managing time better.
32 Distraction Reduction Distraction Jingles I’ll just check my cellphone I’ll just look and see I’ll listen to my ipod And then I’ll watch TV
34 Distraction JinglesI’ll just…………. I’ll just have some tea I’ll just………………. Has anyone ed me? Send a text/clean the fridge out next Go on Facebook/nothing left to cook Wash my hair/what shall I wear?
36 Distraction Contract The main ways I distract myself are: ___________________________________________The distractions I most enjoy are:__________________________________________From now on I am going to use these distractions as rewards:____________________________________________After ________ minutes’ work I can ________ for ________ minutesAfter ________ minutes’ work I can ________ for ________Signed ___________________________________________________________ Witnessed ____________________________________________________________
37 Light Fantastic Worksheet 1 Task sheet: three boring tasks 1. Vocabulary task: Use the following words in sentences: seaside, planet, umbrella, envelope, canoe, waving.2. Grammar task: Write five sentences using the past simple.3. Writing task: Write a thank you letter.Discuss how you could use fantasy and humour to make the tasks more interesting.
38 Light Fantastic For example: In the vocabulary task, you could make all the sentences connect to make a story about, for example, an alien from another planet who arrived in a canoe . . .In the grammar task you could write improbable sentences from your diary last week: Monday: I met Lily Allen at a party . . .In the writing task you could write a thank you letter to someone unlikely:Dear Puss,Thank you for sitting next to me and purring so loudly yesterday. It really cheered me up . . ..
39 Strategies Rap Define your expectations Give yourself rewards Eliminate distractionsUse time managementVary your workplaceAdd humour and imaginationPractise relaxationCultivate optimismOrganise your work environmentGet cooperation from friends
41 Strategies RapDefine your expectations: Situation/activation/motivation/dedication/education/application Give yourself some rewards: Applaud/afford/skateboard Eliminate distraction: Action/inaction/satisfaction Vary your workplace: Mental space
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