Sentence structure: from subject to conditional!

Sentence structure: from subject to conditional!

This is a resource for almost any English teacher but particularly for Second Language educators. It got a little bit away from me-I kept adding more and more ppts! It started out with a focus on producing accurate compound and complex sentences but slowly morped into a multi-level and multi-lesson teaching tool. For those using Cambridge or Oxford AQA I think this would be very useful but again, any English teacher could chop and change the content to fit their lesson requirements. The content covers everything from What is a subject? to 3 examples of conditional sentences. The ppt's look at basic sentence structure and clauses before moving on to types of sentences (simple, compound etc.) , sentence purpose (declarative etc.) . There are 3 sets of exercises (Q & A) tied to the content while many of the ppt's are interactive i.e. designed it such a way as to set questions and hopefully generate responses from the students. I think this is a strong set of teaching materials and I have received a very strong positive response from teaching colleagues who have seen and used these materials.
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Descriptive writing and comparison with other essay types.

Descriptive writing and comparison with other essay types.

This lesson(s) is based around the Oxford AQA English exam (part B) -writing section. Essentially it is an introduction for students unfamiliar with the structure/content of an academic,narrative or descriptive essay. It could also be used as a revision/recap essay if you so wish. The first ppt's identify the compents of each essay type. I got the students to work in groups to identify what they thought the structure/content of each essay was. I would board their ideas then compare/discuss the responses with the points I included on my ppt's. I then gave the students a topic (fishing in a lake) and asked them to write a descriptive essay. This is slightly scaffolded ass you would want the students to broadly stay on topic for review reasons. First time writers would need help and possible feedback, and depending on your student level/ability you could get them to do this individually or in groups. Also it could take longer than 1 lesson; it could also be set as homework.The choice is entirely up to you. After they complete this task, exercise 2 is designed for class/group discussion as to the differences between descriptive and narrative essays in particular. I found this a very useful lesson for students who are making the transition to newer forms of essay writing.
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Oxford AQA Writing:Non-fiction writing

Oxford AQA Writing:Non-fiction writing

These ppt's can be used in conjunction with 2 videos from Youtube; I didn't include them here as one was from Arizona State University, and I was concerned about copyright issues. Essentially they cover the Oxford AQA First Language Writing course and the 3 different essays the student has to produce for their exam. The ppt's identify the different components od an academic, descriptive or narrative essay. These ppt's break down each essay and help the students to identfy what areas they would need to cover to produce a good piece of writing. I used the 2 videos towards the end of the series; after ppt 6 I had a 90 second video identifying the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing. I would stop at different sections of the video and discuss/question the students about the statement and how it related to their writing. After ppt 7I used the video from ASU that discussed the structure and organisation of a piece of non-fiction writing. When you use the videos this can be a very useful lesson for the students, and it can give them excellent direction and advice when they are beginning to produce the longer essays that Oxford AQA requires.
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Academic essay writing

Academic essay writing

This is one of my favourite and successful lessons. I took the idea from an IELTS class and amended it for all of my students who need to write an academic essay. This could easily be used over a double lesson depending on how you want to approach it. You can get the students to write the whole essay, or better yet get them to write it a paragragh at a time,then show your corresponding paragraph. This lesson is a step by step approach to essay writing. First identify what type of essay the student is to write and then focus on the structure and coherence of the work: talk about transitions, grammar, spelling, cohesion etc. Then the 5 paragraphs of the essay are identified. Deliberate "mistakes" are included (e.g. introduction paragraph is weak) so students can hopefully identify mistakes in the essay. Finally an essay can be set as homework following on from what you have taught over 2 lessons.
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Reading skills

Reading skills

This complete lesson is for academic students (Cambridge, Oxford AQA, IELTS etc.), and it helps them to identify and understand the different reading skills they use. Too many students think that they simply need skimming and scanning for all reading texts, or they don't understanding what are intensive and extensive reading skills. This lesson shows them how to adapt to the text that they are reading and what exactly they are trying to gain from it. I break the class into groups and have a classwide discussion on responses and attitudes to reading. I try and elicit as many responses as possible from the students rather than just have them reading the ppt's. At the end there are 2 vocabulary lists of words connected to reading that the students can try andidentify or come up with their own suggestions.
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Meaning and Context/Dealing with new vocabulary

Meaning and Context/Dealing with new vocabulary

This is my favourite and most rewarding lesson. These materials can be used in 1 or even 2 lessons, depending on the level of your students: higher level should only be one but weaker students may need 2. However don't let this dictate the pace-you should be able to judge how much time your students may need. I normally use this at the beginning of my teaching year but it can be used at any time. Simply put, a number of nonsense words have been put into a text and the students have to identify 'synonyms' for these words e.g. "gerts" in the text could be shop/supermarket/clothes store etc. anything that could accurately complete the sentence, and what part of speech it represents. The exercise is to help students think about the text as a whole and how to deal with new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Break you class into groups and have them work independently of each other, It's important that you do not to rule out ANY answer, rather let the students do this as they get more comfortable with the text. It begins by asking students how they deal with new vocabulary; then definitions of meaning and context; an example-magwop=lunch/books/phone/coat etc., then the main exercise itself. 10 questions are there to help the students with the content as well, and to get them to think about what part of speech the target word is. Finally Exercise 2 much higher academic vocabulary than the students may have encountered but they should be able to work out most of the meanings. It can be slow and a little difficult at the beginning, especially with lower level students, but once they begin to grasp the skills you are introducing they really enjoy the lesson.
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Food and Fitness

Food and Fitness

A set of ppt's that can be used for low level or beginner students of English. The pictures and vocabulary are mostly simple; vocabulary has 2 levels for fitness and food=4 sets of words. This would be particularly helpful with Second Language learners of English. Useful if you have students working in small teams or groups especially when working on the vocabulary accociated with each topic. I would board the student responses then show my examples, then identify any similarities and discuss any differences in the student responses and my own. Very useful if you are beginning to introduce longer writing tasks on familiar topics to lower level students.
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Ideas in the Modern World

Ideas in the Modern World

This activity is based around the Cambridge English as a Second Language textbook and it's designed to help lower level students with vocabulary in 3 areas: technology, modern world, and data and information. This activity can be used in conjunction with a reading or a writing task, and can be used as an introduction to the overall idea of the modern world or any of the 3 areas identified. I have used it for both reading and writing lessons, and I have divided the class into groups and got them to identify vocabulary linked to each topic. I then board their responses and then show my suggested word list. We identify the same vocabulary from each area and discuss any differences in our lists. This can be a useful introduction task for stronger students or could be a whole lesson for a weaker group.
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Close Reading: for higher level students

Close Reading: for higher level students

This would be a useful addition to the Reading Skills ppt's. It would be more helpful to First Language students who are studying for Cambridge or Oxford AQA exams. Simply put it is to help students get ready for dealing with higher level reading, e.g. fiction/ non-fiction texts. It gives suggestions to the students as to how to approach the text and to move beyond the standard approach of skimming and scanning a piece of reading. It tries to encourage students to think more deeply about what the author is trying to say. This would be especially useful to students learning English as a Second Language who are at a much higher level of ability.
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Expressing a point of view

Expressing a point of view

Simple warm up activity with 2 levels of associated vocabulary. PPT's designed for Second Language Learners (especially those using Cambridge or Oxford AQA materials) or students unfamiliar with how a debate/discussion can be organised. Very useful if you are introducing the concept of a classroom debate and planning to conduct one.The ppt's supply basic images and vocabulary that can help lower level learners. Teacher can board student responses to easier/harder vocabulary sections then make comparisons with the language that is identified in the slides.
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