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Theme-based teaching

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Transcript of Theme-based teaching

ABOUT THEME-BASED
TEACHING
Theme-based or topic based teaching

Different types of activities linked together by content

Crossing subject areas and curriculum

Theme-based teaching vs. course books

Learning through activities
CONS
Issues in theme-based teaching
- time-consuming

- systematic teaching

- many different activities linked together

- some areas of language need
focused attention

- takes a lot of practice and experience
How to teach
Start planning
Plan in advance

Involve pupils

Find a theme (potato)

Co-work with colleagues

Find resources and materials
THEME-BASED TEACHING
AND LEARNING
of English

CONTENT
1. ABOUT THEME-BASED TEACHING
What is theme-based teaching

2. HOW TO TEACH
Planning and executing

3. PROS AND CONS OF
THEME-BASED TEACHING
To TBT or not to TBT...

4. CONCLUSION
Requirements for teachers

5. WHAT THE...
Time for questions and discussion
PROS
Advantages of
theme-based teaching
+ most inspiring teaching

+ suits to children's natural way
of learning

+ realistic and motivating use
of language

+ ability to replace course books
and syllabus

+ limitless opportunities
...MORE ABOUT
THEME-BASED TEACHING
Theme provides content for a range of language learning activities

Relationship between other subject areas and foreign language works in different directions
Halliwell (1992)

Activity-based approach of
theme-based learning
Van & Feunteun (1995)
How to teach
Planning content
Brainstorming
new ideas form around
one main idea
guiding questions

Making webs
writing down ideas
and connections
mind map



How to teach
Planning language learning tasks
Extend pupils' knowledge

Do not select language items to be taught

Plan carefully -
prediction

Stay sensitive -
support

Remember realistic use
of language -
motivation
CONCLUSION
Requirements for teachers
* Time for careful planning

* Pupil knowledge

* Knowledge of a wide range
of activities, resources...

* Group management skills

* Knowledge of children's
development

* Language-using demands

Would you consider trying theme-based teaching?
How would you use theme-based teaching?
one or few lessons? a term? maybe a whole year...?

how many subjects combined?
feeling inspired? intimidated?
Would you prefer wider
or more "narrow" themes?

Why?
potato - living in a farm,
space - Mars...
Do you think it benefits learners to base teaching on themes instead of subjects?
opportunity or a threat?
...
Cameron, L. 2001.
Cameron, L. 2001
References


Cameron, Lynne 2001. Teaching Language to Young Learners.

Halliwell, Susan 1992. Teaching English in the Primary Classroom. Harlow: Longman.

Mumford, Diana 2000. Planning a theme based unit. Available online:
http://www.pacificedgepublishing.com/pdf/PlanThem.pdf.
(Read on 23.11.2014)

The wiki of English teaching 2013. Theme-based teaching. Available online:
http://teflpedia.com/Theme-Based_Teaching.
(Read on 24.11.2014)

Vale, David & Feunteun, Anne 1995. Teaching Children English. A training course for teachers of English to children. Cambridge: CUP.

Cameron, L. 2001
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