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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Live Lessons

    • Why don't my students progress and how can I add value? (Sept 28th)

    • How can I get more out of speaking in class? (Oct 5th)

    • How can I get more out of vocabulary in the book? (Oct 12th)

    • How can I get more from texts and ensure revision? (Oct 19th)

  • 2

    Problems #1 and #2 I don't cover as much as I want and the students don't make enough progress

    • Coursebooks Intro

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    • Some housekeeping ... and choosing your coursebook

    • Assessing how much time you have for the coursebook

    • Problem #1: I don't cover as much as I want

    • Completing the coursebook = completing the level

    • Assessing content and level of your coursebook

    • Language and learning

    • Problem #2: students don't make the progress I want

    • Discussion and tasks

  • 3

    Problems #3 and #4: underplanning and overplanning

    • The desire for photocopies and preparation: care and guilt

    • Some further issues with coursebooks and two common designs

    • Two mindsets and adding value

    • Task and Discussion points

  • 4

    Problems #5, #6 and #7: not enough speaking, we can't cover enough grammar and students don't talk

    • Intro and outline: adding and supporting speaking

    • Questions about speaking

    • Recognising all the opportunities for speaking and the affordances they give

    • Exploiting affordances and covering grammar

    • From planning to classroom practice

    • Problem #7: The speaking task fails

    • Task and Discussion points

  • 5

    Problems #8 and #9 students don't don't know enough vocabulary and they don't use what I teach!

    • Supporting speaking through vocabulary: Introduction and outline

    • My vocabulary teaching

    • The Problem of Lexical Sets

    • Supporting speaking: choosing the right words

    • Plan better: examples models and patterns

    • Thinking about the questions we ask

    • Plan better questions: exploring co-text

    • Plan better questions: exploring other aspects of word knowledge

    • Adding speaking: personal questions based on vocab

    • Tasks and points for discussion

  • 6

    Problem #10: the text is boring

    • Intro and outline: Texts and purpose

    • Assessing the texts in a coursebook

    • Plan better: Increase interest and engagement through speaking tasks

    • Plan quicker: simple tasks to focus on language

    • Plan better: integrating new tasks with the coursebook

    • Task and points for discussion

  • 7

    Problems #11 and #12: students forgetting and the lack of recycling

    • Intro and outline: methodology and recycling

    • Revision: you, your book and your students' notes

    • Making use of all the coursebook support

    • Making use of the wordlist and supporting homework

    • Revision and making use of students' notes

    • Task and points for discussion

  • 8

    Planning a unit

    • Intro and outline: A final word on grammar

    • Task: planning a unit from Outcomes

    • Following a unit from Outcomes

  • 9

    Links and Feedback

    • Additional reading and links

    • Feedback

Social proof: reviews

5 star rating

Super as all courses provided by Lexical Lab

Mariola Kwiatkowska

I find this course extremely useful. I have already implemented some solutions. A lot of stuff to think about, great tasks. Thank you so much, Andrew

I find this course extremely useful. I have already implemented some solutions. A lot of stuff to think about, great tasks. Thank you so much, Andrew

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5 star rating

Unbeatable Value

Jonathan Ellis

This course provides a valuable service to EFL teachers. It makes us think beyond the idea that a textbook is a complete, instruction manual for teachers to ...

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This course provides a valuable service to EFL teachers. It makes us think beyond the idea that a textbook is a complete, instruction manual for teachers to be followed activity by activity, page by page. It highlights the problems that come with this approach, an example being 'my students get through the material too quickly or not quickly enough'. It offers many suggestions to the teacher who wants a new approach, many of which can be tried out immediately, with a bit of preparation, and usually no 'technology requirements'. An example is to write questions that 'open' speaking by the students rather than restrict it. For example, 'do you know anyone who's really into unusual hobbies' as opposed to 'do you like stamp collecting'. The course is pretty flexible in that you can move backwards and forwards, revisit parts, take each set task as a substantial assignment or just something to think about. I set myself the minimum requirement of taking notes, which helped a great deal. Just by doing this, I really noticed a difference in my level of interest, enthusiasm and confidence towards using a textbook. I've done lots of online courses which consist of content, videos, questions/assignments. A key difference in this one was the presence of Andrew and his input throughout the course. Not only did I learn more, but I actually looked forward to to the next part. I would recommend this course to every EFL teacher, regardless of level of experience, on the assumption that we all have some involvement with textbooks and understand the need for preparation. I will continue to work on this course and encourage you to do it!

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  • Self-study material and Free webinar

    As well as access to the full self-study material for one year so you can follow-up on and revise what we covered in the live sessions, you can attend one of our bi-monthly webinars for free.

  • Facebook group

    Anyone who does one of our online courses will get access to our closed teacher development facebook group where you can discuss and share you ideas with colleagues.

  • Exclusive offers

    For anyone who completes a course with us you will get a certificate of success as well as access to exclusive offers on future courses, webinars and products from Lexical Lab.

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