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How to Teach English: Receptive Skills

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Kristina Cirrincione

on 28 May 2015

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Transcript of How to Teach English: Receptive Skills

Reading Types, Levels and Skills
Extensive (Reading for pleasure) vs. Intensive (Reading in the classroom)
Reading Principles
(as defined by Harmer)
1. Encourage students to read as often as possible.
2. Students need to be engaged with what they are reading.
3. Encourage students to respond to the content of a text and not just construction.
4. Prediction is a major factor in reading.
5. Match the tasks to the topic.
6. Good teachers exploit reading text to the fullest.
Reading Lesson Plan Stages

(Pre-teach vocabulary)

Gist task

Detailed task

Productive task (speaking or writing)

How to Teach English: Receptive Skills
Thank you!
Based on the book 'How to Teach English' by Jeremy Harmer

One Reading Activity:
Web quests
Using the Internet for Reading

Four stages:
Introduction stage (topic, necessary vocabulary)
Task section (explanation)
Process stage (links are given for detailed task)
Evaluation stage (Writing, speaking, etc.)
More Reading Activities
*Social media pages
*Jigsaw reading
*Reading puzzles
*Following instructions
*Play extracts
*"Different responses"
Listening Types and Skills
Extensive vs. Intensive

Recorded extracts vs. Live Listening

"Paralinguistic clues" help to listen for specific information or more general information
Authentic texts vs. graded readers
Scanning vs. Skimming
Reading for detailed comprehension
Increase motivation by: taking students to a library, allowing them to choose texts, providing silent time in class, asking for feedback.
Listening Principles
as defined by Harmer
1. Encourage students to listen as often as possible.
2. Help students prepare to listen.
3. Once may not be enough.
4. Encourage students to respond to the content and not just the language construction.
5. Different listening stages demand different tasks.
6. Good teachers exploit listening texts to the fullest.
Listening Lesson Stages

(Pre-teach vocabulary)

Gist task

Detailed task

Productive task (speaking or writing)

One Listening Activity
Live interview: invite another teacher or friend to the class
Play a clip of a red carpet interview
More Listening Activities
Jigsaw Listening
Music and sound effects

To extend tasks: Play the video without sound, play the audio without an image, Freeze frame, "Half-class"
To be focused on during comprehension and productive task
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