четверг, 29 октября 2015 г.

Culture in the ELT Classroom

British Council online courses  provide an opportunity for English teachers professional development. Here is an example of my Final Assignment in CiSELT (Advanced) course(2015).Hope that ideas of how to introduce Culture in the classroom will be useful for teachers.
Lesson plan cover page
Oksana Yerokhina
CiSELT unit and title
CIS6.3  Culture in the ELT  Classroom  
Brief description of context, location and time (size of classroom, facilities/resources available, time of day, lesson length, etc) – 50 words maximum
The class takes place once a week (an optional country studying course, grade 8) in Classic School #3. The room is spacious enough; facilities include desks, a computer, chairs, audio equipment, a smart board and photocopies.  The class is usually in the morning and it lasts for 45 minutes.
Brief description of learners (how many, age, level, special needs/behavioural issues, etc) – 75 words maximum
There are 17 learners in the group, 6 boys and 11 girls. Their level is B1.The learners are interested in their activity, rather hardworking, curious and creative, have strong motivation to study. And, there are about 60 young learners for whom the event is organized. This time my role is just coordinating the event, the ‘teachers” will be my senior students and they will conduct all the activities of the event for young learners.
Brief description of the new idea from CiSELT and why chosen – 50 words maximum
I was interested in culture studying in the ELT classroom because I have been teaching the course for some years and the idea of implementing culture based education is necessary in this case. The more my learners know about the culture of different countries the more experienced and better- educated they become.
How does the lesson fit with your syllabus/timetable?
The lesson is quite suitable for my syllabus (it is in the timetable) and for learners it’s a great opportunity to improve their abilities in language and enrich their knowledge in country studying class, just because this year they have got only 2 hours of English a week. 
Learning outcome
Senior learners will be able to share their knowledge (practice language skills and leadership abilities) with junior learners through organizing and conducting extra curriculum activities for them on the basis of culture studying material.
Materials and references (attach worksheets)
Materials and references attached:
1.Power Point Presentation(the UK) made by learners of grade 8
2.Teams Checklist
3.Dialogues for beginners
4.Great Britain Quiz
Anticipated problems – 75 words maximum
 Young learners may be too excited of extra curriculum activity and some problems of misbehavior may occur(though, everything will be controlled by teacher and coordinated by senior learners)
Learners may try to use L1 when searching for the info (though, according to the rules and regulations of the activity only L2 is possible to be used).
Senior learners may try to help young learners with completing tasks (though, why not to give a helping hand sometimes).
Proposed solutions – 75 words maximum
Every group of 4 groups will be under the guidance on senior learners.
The more young learners speak L1 the less points they will get (“strict rule” introduced at the very beginning).
Hearing different people and trying to understand them will give young learners  a chance to practice their language abilities(as they get used to teacher’s voice and intonation).

Lesson procedure
Teacher activity
Learner activity
Stage aim
 5 min
Senior students (coordinated by teacher) explain the procedure, stages, and results to achieve.   
 The learners are divided into 4 groups.  
Each group makes and then presents a list of things they know about the UK(previous experience)
 To generate the ideas that can be used later.
35 min
  Explain the activity and monitor the process. Help if needed.
 Working in groups and having the unique for every group maps young learners have to find their way to every of five “bases”. To do that they have to:
1.Cope with the puzzle(symbols and countries of the UK)
2. Give the correct answer to the riddles
3.Read the poetry with the correct intonation and pronunciation
4.Sing a song (in English)
5.do Great Britain Quiz(sites, days and dates, pictures-matching)
*** As soon as young learners complete one task they are allowed to find the way to the next base according to their map. All 4 teams have to complete all the tasks the sooner the better, but the quality is very important. If there is any misunderstanding they are allowed to ask questions with the only “but”: the questions have to be correct, polite.
 For teacher: to involve all the learners into the activity process, to rise the interest to culture studying material, to let all the learners feel responsibility for the final product and to practice language skills, to monitor the activity
For senior students:
To present and adapt the material according to the needs and abilities of young learners, to provide the interest to different culture and traditions.
For young learners:
to be completely involved into the process, to experience team work and leadership, to get to know and then demonstrate their knowledge of the material gained
5 min
Monitor the activity.
Providing the feedback and
 Certificates ceremony
Senior learners evaluate the results of young learners and present the score to the audience.
For learners:
To be able to analyze the results of others and have some ideas of self-evaluation in practice.  
For teacher:
to provide the feedback of the event in general

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