Getting all dogme on my class

So tonight is my first CELTA session, and the first of a series of sessions using a form of loop input, that is, teaching a method through the method, if that makes sense. See Tessa Woodward’s Ways of Training for a better descriptiom. It’s also a move into a less materials led approach, moving away from materials developed from and inspired by (with no little irony) Scott Thornbury’s CELTA manual, and using more extensively and effectively the resources in the room.

The first session is simultaneously future meaning and situational presentation. PPP is pretty much at the core of the teaching approaches taught on CELTA, with references to controlled and free practice, presentation and so on, so the session is pretty much based around a very lose situational presentation of the future forms, either using the board or a series of powerpoint slides, using a context drawn from a review in the splendid Trouble with Verbs which sets it all in the context of seeing the doctor. I’ve revised it s that it’s about seeing the dentist, but basically will start elicting the verb structures based on prompts and context.

The idea being then, at the end of the session, we will reflect as a group on how the language was presented, identify ways of practising it through controlled and freer activities, discuss very free activities which could be used.

And not a handout in sight. Not even the slides, although they will be available electronically via the VLE. So a bit of a work around.

I think the challenge for me will be to identify the learning taking place accurately and making sure that all the trainees have something to take away. Extensive review at the end and lots of discussion about it, plus highlighting it during the feedback on lesson observations. It’s not strictly dogme as such, but still in that general vein, a kind of “soft dogme”?

Still, let’s see!


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