𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡.
Often the second and fourth lessons that we write, are working with language and pre-teaching the necessary terms that your Sts will hear in the video lesson (lesson three) and read in the article (lesson five in premium LPs).
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞-𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡?
The million-dollar question…how many terms to teach? Well, this is up for a lot of debate. We’ve spoken to a number professionals about it, looked in countless course books and we came up with a (not-so-exact) answer…
The number? On average, around 8 terms (not words). We tend to teach lexically, therefore the terms we teach are often chunks of language.
We want you, as teachers, to be able to teach them well without time constraints, and we don’t want to overload the Sts either.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞?
We go for great language found in the video and reading lessons that Sts will 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 see elsewhere too - 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐲 see. We don’t choose crazy fancy words that people rarely use… we choose terms that give a balanced and accurate reflection of English as it is used today.
⭐️“𝘈𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝟽,𝟻𝟶𝟶 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝟿𝟶% 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦.” Macmillan.
We also decide if the more obscure ones are needed for comprehension or can we just bung them in a glossary? We want our Sts to end up as autonomous learners, they need to become au fait with picking up their phone and finding out those odd ones - I mean I still do that (we’re all learners!)
So, yea, we tend to go for those words they’ll probably see elsewhere not possibly.
The exercises we go for? Well…Instagram only allows me to write 2200 characters at a time, so, we’ll cover that another time.
🥂p.s. as a teacher - a glass of wine is helpful, just for good measure.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡? 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰.