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Title: The challenges of using content-based materials to teach English


1
The challenges of using content-based materials
to teach English
  • Jeremy Walenn
  • Garnet Education

2
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Teaching English through
  • Short stories
  • Popular culture
  • Drama
  • Poetry and songs
  • Workplace communication
  • Social issues
  • Sports communication

3
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • What we teach in any kind of content-based
    course is not the content itself but some form of
    the discourse of that content
  • Eskey (1997)

4
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Definition of content
  • Met (1991) proposes that "... 'content' in
    content-based programs represents material that
    is cognitively engaging and demanding for the
    learner, and is material that extends beyond the
    target language or target culture"

5
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Genre
  • A stock of knowledge that is shared in a
    relevant discourse community across specific
    sociolinguistic contexts.
  • (Yunxia Zhu, 2005)

6
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Key points in NSS syllabus
  • Reading and appreciating short stories
  • Reading and writing specific aspects of a short
    story
  • Planning a module story
  • Preparing and writing a module short story
  • Performing and telling stories
  • Creating a display to showcase the work done in
    the elective

7
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Reading and appreciating short stories
  • Understanding the key features of a story
  • Adapting a storyline
  • Creating a setting
  • Establishing a character
  • Writing a dialogue
  • Identifying themes
  • Writing opening and closing sentences

8
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Planning the module story
  • Inspiration
  • Drafts
  • Revisions

9
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Writing a module story
  • Writing story twists
  • Developing symbols

10
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Telling and performing stories
  • Voice
  • Pause
  • Gesture
  • Eye contact
  • Visual aids
  • Music and lighting

11
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Reading strategies
  • Pre-reading
  • While-reading
  • Post-reading

12
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Pre-reading activity
  • Read the following eight words from a famous
    story and write them down.
  • You have ONLY 8 SECONDS!
  • Compare the words you have written down with you
    partner.
  • Use the words you have written down to decide on
  • genre setting plot characters

13
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • train journey snow
  • crime passenger Turkey
  • detective group

14
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • While-reading activities
  • Jigsaw reading
  • Topic sentences
  • Missing paragraphs
  • Dialogues in the wrong order

15
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
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The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
17
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Post reading activities
  • dramatising and performing
  • hot seating
  • writing alternatives title ending narrator
  • making a cartoon or film version

18
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • The challenges
  • choice of materials
  • language level
  • background knowledge
  • motivation

19
The challenges of using content-based material to
teach English
  • Thank you for listening.
  • walennjj_at_hotmail.com
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