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From the drawing board to worksheet design: Creating a course . ELTAF Workshop 22 nd June 2013 Claire Hart. About me. Workshop structure. 1) Approaches to course design a. Some key terms b. Three recipes for course design - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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From the drawing board to worksheet design: Creating a course Personalisation, tailor-made courses and the negotiated syllabus: these are all terms which are bandied around when people talk about course design in ELT, but you may find yourself asking what they mean in reality and how we, as teachers, can reap the benefits they promise. This session will begin by demystifying these terms and examining different approaches to what I would like to call student-centred course design with some practical examples from my teaching experience and the opportunity for participants to comment on and discuss these case studies. In the second half of the workshop we will look at translating these course designs into lesson ideas and worksheets you can use in class. At this stage, I'll share some tips that I've learned while creating professional-looking worksheets for my blog and for publishers, which can help you look like more of a pro too.

From the drawing board to worksheet design: Creating a course

ELTAF Workshop 22nd June 2013 Claire Hart

About me

Workshop structure1) Approaches to course design a. Some key terms b. Three recipes for course design - case studies

2) Top ten tips for designing worksheets

Lets look at some key termsWhat is:

A coursePersonalisationTailor-made A negotiated syllabusCourse design

A course

Three RECIPES FOR COURSE DESIGNTopic-driven Communication situation analysisJIT (Just In Time)1. THE Topic-Driven approach

Topic options

Choose 5 or 6 topics

What vocab? grammar?

4 skills work

Business skills

Spend 4- 5 weeks on each topic Board shot The basicsHow this worksHow effective? Would this work with your learners8Mixing anD mATCHINGContext: In-companyIndustry: ConstructionTimeframe: 38 weeksParticipants: 8 Level: mixed from high A2 to B2Jobs: salesman, quality engineer, civil engineer, architect

Needs: -> Broaden knowledge of industry-specific vocabulary-> Improve accuracy-> Work on business skills, especially telephoning and emailing

What topics did they choose? 9 WhAT WAS The first topic?

PLANWeek 1: Starting a conversationWeek 2: Tenses review -> present simple, continuous & perfect, past simpleWeek 3: Have you ever? Week 4: Technology landmarksWeek 5: Showing interest

SkillsSpeakingStarting a conversation Discussing experiencesShowing interestWritingMaking notes ReadingReading model conversations

ListeningActive listening GrammarVocabWhat really happenedWe spent 7 weeks on this topicIn particular we spent a lot of time working on tensesI realised we needed to focus more on conversation strategies and techniquesThe learners enjoyed working on this topicDesigning worksheets

Worksheets?

MY Top 10 tipsNumber 10Be consistent

Number 9 Use boxes and tables

Number 8Use tabs, bullets and numbering

NUMBER 7Leave space for the learnersIS THIs enough space? 1Concrete is used to ______build walls______. 2Copper is used to _________________________ .3Steel is used to _________________________ .4Fibreglass is used to _________________________ .5Carbon is used to _________________________ .6PVC is used to _________________________ .

Is this enough space?

Number 6Use images

Number 5Use a variety of activity typesMatching pictures with wordsMatching words with meaningsMatching sentence halvesMatching questions and answersOrdering conversationsCategorising wordsTrue or false

Number 4Try jumbled phrases

Number 3 Ask a different questionWhat does Karsten want to know?

Why?Consequences?

Number 2Include topics and issues that matter to the learners

NUMBER 1The learners should know or be able to do something at the end of the lesson that they didnt know or couldnt do at the start of the lessonMichael SwanThank you very much for your attentionYou can email me at: clairehart@gmail.com

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