Planning for differentiation
The session will start by looking at some of the ways in which learners can differ from each other- needs interests and abilities. We will briefly consider the term ‘mixed ability’ and why differentiation is becoming more popular, and what exactly it means. We will then explore a range of strategies for differentiating by task, teaching method and outcome.
How to get students writing and loving it.
Teaching Advanced Learners and Language for the future are both available on the OUP site. You need to register for the Teachers’ Club (which is free) and you can then access the webinars in the archive.
More than just a worksheet: how to write effective classroom materials
Many teachers produce their own materials, either from necessity or to provide something more tailored to the needs of their students. However, writing materials for a whole lesson, which really engage the learners and focus effectively on language, is quite a challenge. Teachers learn through experience, but are rarely given much support or training in this area.
In this session we look at a simple recipe or template (based on Hutchinson and Waters 1987) for producing complete lessons, and consider a variety of do’s and don’ts taken from my experience as a professional materials writer.
We will look at plenty of practical examples, and participants will carry out a number of tasks. The aim is for participants to go away more confident in their ability to create their own materials.
A step in the ‘write’ direction: developing lower level learners’ IELTS writing skills.
For a lower level IELTS learner, the writing tasks can seem an insurmountable challenge. As well as lacking the necessary linguistic resources, they are also likely to be unfamiliar with the types of writing expected. In this session we will look at a selection of strategies and activities to lead learners, step by step, through the writing process. Examples are taken from the new edition of IELTS Foundation.