I. Language is complex—in our world, language is speaking, hearing, reading, and culturally imbedded/intertwined.
So, we have to teach ALL aspects. (A conversation class may avoid the written/reading aspect, but that is only one of four!)
II. Keep in mind that people have different learning styles:
So, activities need to engage ALL learning styles whenever possible. (Because some people are visual, even in a conversation class, you will have students who want to SEE the words.)
III. Deciding on Materials
· English textbooks should have correct, natural, recent, and standard English…that is, the ENGLISH that you want to speak/write (American, British, etc.)
· The cultural information included in English-language textbooks should be correct and recent. It should not be biased and should reflect background cultures of English. It should include visual aids etc., to help students understand cultural information.
· Content: English textbooks should be useful, meaningful and interesting for students. While no single subject will be of interest to all students, materials should be chosen based, in part, on what students, in general, are likely to find interesting and motivating.
IV. Sources - Resources
· So much available on-line
· Publishers everywhere—English is the most sought-after second language in the world.
NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF AN INTERESTED,
ANIMATED, COMMITTED TEACHER.
http://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/lesson-plans/ (be careful here—some are good, some are useless)