Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Writing Skills - Study Phase

 

So, for the study phase what we're going to do is to show them the idea of the cartoon strip. In the cartoon strip what there's going to be are some people with speech bubbles and this is going to represent where dialogue will appear and in the bottom, there are these rectangular boxes, where there will be descriptive things happening. So, it will explain the actual situation that these people are in. So, we get across the idea, first of all, that these are speech and these are for description and we can then show them a blank one of these cartoon strips and try to elicit from our students what could possibly the people be saying and in what actual situation are they in, in order for them to say that. Once we've gone through that, we can move on to our first study activity and in the first study activity, they'll be given a cartoon strip, which either has the dialogue missing or it has the description missing and the idea is that the students fill in the one that's not there. The second study activity can then switch that around. So, if the dialogue was missing, this time, they have to fill that in and so on and so forth. Remember for each of those activities that you need to demonstrate, elicit a correct answer, before you give out the material, then monitor feedback and correct. For the final stage in the activate, what we're going to then do is to put those two ideas from the study phase together and we're going to give them a cartoon strip which has neither the situational description of the language nor any dialogue in the speech bubbles and the students are going to have to fill in both of those bits of information. Once they've done that, they can then read those back to us for their feedback and we can correct any common mistakes between them.


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This unit was a bit more confusing than the rest because of the verb change between direct speech and indirect(reported) speech but at the same time scratched the itchy part on the uncertain area of my English. It was tremendously helpful to review this unit's content on the verb tenses and the conditionals which consist of zero, first, second, third, and mixed conditionals.In the lesson I learned about the vast variety of tests that a teacher can use in English class. They begin with placement tests which assess the ability level in English of the students. There is also the periodic progress test which shows both the student and the teacher how they are progressing. Practice tests demonstrate how close students are to the required standard.

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