July 2003 - issue 7/03
DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM Newsletter
Welcome to the July Newsletter.
This month we've got more articles &
plans. We are joined by Sam Smith with an article & lesson
plan around the theme of drama, Ceri Millward on cohesive
devices, both an article & a plan, Sandra Bradwell provides
us with a plan about narrative structure & Michael Berman
returns to the site to revisit multiple intelligences.
The 1st July was International Joke Day &
we had a Weekly Tip this week around telling jokes in a warmer.
We also began a competition to win a copy of 'Laughing Matters'
by Peter Medgyes. All you have to do is send in jokes about
teaching, learning, the classroom etc. Send them to email@example.com
with 'Joke Competition' in the subject line.
1. THE SITE - plans &
3. E-MAIL COURSES
4. TEACHING LINKS
5. CVs & JOBS
6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
7. PS - Internet/computer-related
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1. THE SITE
Sandra Bradwell gives us another lesson plan
this month. It is an advanced lesson that looks at narrative
structure through a video of anecdote telling. The aims are:
Main aims: to sensitise students to the discourse
features of oral narrative · to raise further awareness
of the listener's active role in story telling
Subsidiary aims: to develop the listening
skill: listening for pleasure, gist · to widen the
students' range of vocabulary and expressions
· to provide an opportunity for students to prepare
and practise story telling
read the lesson plan
Here are the new articles on the site this
Using Drama as a Resource for Giving Language
More Meaning by Sam Smith
Reflecting on my teaching experience, I have
realised that an area of teaching I have not paid enough attention
to has been that of providing my students with adequate opportunity
to put what they have been studying into use. Combining this
with my recent experience with some groups studying at the
rather unusual times, during the afternoon, and in intensive
classes over the last couple of years, where the students
are from quite different walks of life, from teenagers to
late middle aged business men, and therefore find it difficult
to find things of
common interest to motivate them to participate, I decided
to turn to drama as a way of trying to get them more interested
in producing some language. In this paper, I hope to show
where drama can be applied, why it can be a useful resource,
looking at the benefits in terms of situation and motivation,
and say what it is, before going on to look at how to employ
read the article
The accompanying upper intermediate lesson
plan has the following aims:
To revise and provide spoken and written
practice of modal verbs in the past for criticism.
To raise awareness of the importance of the connection between
linguistic and paralinguistic aspects of language.
To practice listening skills, listening to the fast speech
of a native speaker.
To practice speaking in the forms of discussion and organisation.
To facilitate proceduralisation of target structures by responding
and adapting in real time to a partner's message.
read the lesson plan
Applying Discourse Analysis in the Classroom
with a Specific Focus on Teaching Discourse Markers by Ceri
The introduction of discourse analysis into
the classroom has, despite its relative novelty, added a new
frame to the understanding of language and its usage, and
in this sense has given the teacher new tools with which to
cater for students' needs. If we consider that comprehension
and understanding are the primary concerns behind most forms
of communication, be they written or oral, formal or informal,
then our focus as teachers should be centred on ensuring that
students manage to acquire the skills necessary for such comprehension.
Furthermore, discourse analysis can bring
to the forefront considerations that may be of use in terms
of the students' use of the target language. In this sense
it is important to be acquainted with any potential similarities,
or differences, between the students' L1 and the L2 they are
learning. In this paper we shall look at discourse analysis,
focusing on the use of cohesive devises and more specifically
on discourse markers as a useful tool to enable students to
logical connections and coherent stretches of both written
and spoken discourse.
read the article
The accompanying intermediate lesson plan
uses a review of the Oscar-winning film 'Chicago'. The main
aims of the lesson are:
To highlight the use of discourse markers
in context, I shall use a written film review taken from the
To clarify the meaning, form and appropriacy
of each discourse marker.
Help students to infer meaning and correct usage of target
language through context by means of inductive exercises.
read the lesson plan
Multiple Intelligences Revisited by Michael
IQ Tests were developed by Binet early in
the 20th century and were frequently used to assess the potential
of children in schools until quite recently. Tests of this
type, however, have now fallen into disrepute. All they test
is linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence and this
traditional definition of intelligence is now regarded as
too narrow. We now know that 75% of teachers are sequential,
analytical presenters but 70% of students do not actually
learn this way!
The educational psychologist most responsible for this change
of attitude is Howard Gardner, the creator of the Multiple
Intelligence Theory. Gardner's work at the Boston University
School of Medicine lead to the identification of eight criteria
for the existence of intelligence types: potential isolation
by brain damage, the existence of prodigies such as autistic
savants, an identifiable set of core operations, a distinctive
developmental history along with a definable
set of expert end-state performances, an evolutionary history,
support from experimental psychological tasks, support from
psychometric findings, and susceptibility to an encoding symbol
system. (The criteria are explained in detail in Gardner's
"Frames of Mind" if you would like to read more
about them). Gardner originally identified seven intelligence
types which satisfy the
above criteria and our intelligence profiles consist of combinations
of the different types: linguistic, logical-mathematical,
spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal - the
way we relate to others, and intrapersonal - our ability to
self-evaluate. (Emotional Intelligence, the term popularised
by Daniel Goleman, covers what Gardner refers to as interpersonal
read the article
Michael has published several books on the
craft of story telling. 'Working With Wisdom Tales' is 'the
first in a series of 'Wisdom Tales'.... All the major religious
traditions have made use of metaphorical stories to communicate
their teachings - the stories from early India, Greek fables,
Zen, Sufi, and Hasidic tales - as they have long been recognized
as a means of bypassing the set attitudes and limitations
of the conscious mind. Stories not only entertain; they can
also alter our experience so as to facilitate growth and change
and the stories presented in this collection have all been
chosen with this aim in mind.' Also, The Power of Love by
Michael Berman - the second in the 'Working With Wisdom Tales'
Series. For information on buying these books, e-mail contact
Thanks to Sandra, Sam, Ceri & Michael
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Ceri Millward is looking for work in Madrid
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