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  • tmcmanus
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    12 July, 2017 at 2:47
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    This is my last chance to get my lesson plan right! Please review and help me.
    Feedback I got for Engage and Activate stage was fine but haven’t got the Study stage right. Below is my initial lesson plan for Study stage and the feedback.
    Study 1 15 mins
    Board game: What’s happening? In pairs, students take it in turns to throw a dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a picture square, their partner asks them a present continuous question about what is happening in the picture, e.g. What is the boy doing? The student must answer the question by making a sentence using the present continuous tense, e.g. He is riding a bike. If the student does this successfully, they stay on the square. If the student makes a mistake, they go back to their previous square. If both students are unsure about the sentence, they ask the teacher. The first player to reach the finish is the winner. At the end of the game, the teacher goes through the squares with the class asking for their questions and answers.

    From: What’s happening? (/images/resources/whats-happening.pdf)

    Study 2 8 mins
    Question students: How do we make an affirmative form sentence? Try to elicit answers from students firstly then explain [subject + aux. verb ‘be’ + verb + ing]. Write this on the board. As the students have had enough examples from the previous activities I can repeat the question to one student (What are you doing?), and write their answer on the board as they give it to me e.g., I am talking. Point at each word in the example and say “What’s this?” (subject), “What’s this” (verb “be”)? etc. (This avoids a lot of unnecessary teacher talk). Refer to examples from earlier in the lesson.

    Study 3 7 mins
    Students watch video on you tube: “What is Mr Bean doing?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFApUDdHcTU). Students are instructed to look at the actions Mr Bean is doing when the music stops. (There are questions on the screen that prompt students to answer at the right time). Students complete this as a speaking activity during the video.

    Students complete the accompanying worksheet by writing sentences that describe Mr Bean’s actions e.g., He is watching tv; He is hanging out the washing, etc.

    Feedback:

    Study Stage
    2. You need to make sure that you are focusing on the lesson objective in the Study stage.

    3. As the task requires you to base your lesson on a single usage of the present continuous you need to make sure that you cover this usage in detail in your Study stage.

    4. You also need to elicit more information from the students. You have started the Study stage by eliciting example sentences from the students, which is good, but you then need to elicit the structure of the tense and the usage itself from the students. Please note that although you mention eliciting the structure from the students you are doing so after you have already explained the structure, which defeats the point of elicitation.

    5. Please refer to unit 3 where elicitation techniques were covered.

    6. There should be no need to compare the present continuous and present simple in this lesson.

    tmcmanus
    Participant
    12 July, 2017 at 23:13
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    Hi Dan (moderator) just wondering if you got my query regarding my ITT lesson plan? Not sure when you will respond by.

    dan
    Moderator
    15 July, 2017 at 19:31
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    Hi tmcmanus

    I’m a bit confused about some of the tutor feedback here:

    2. You need to make sure that you are focusing on the lesson objective in the Study stage.

    You didn’t include your objective in the post so it’s difficult to comment on this one.

    3. As the task requires you to base your lesson on a single usage of the present continuous you need to make sure that you cover this usage in detail in your Study stage.

    I’m guessing that your chosen usage is actions in progress at the time of speaking. if this is the case, then I would say you’ve covered that fairly well throughout the Study stage.

    4. You also need to elicit more information from the students.

    Yes – you need to elicit the usage of the present continuous as well as the structure.

    You have started the Study stage by eliciting example sentences from the students, which is good…

    According to your plan, you don’t start your Study stage by eliciting examples from the students, so I’m not sure what the tutor is referring to here.

    …but you then need to elicit the structure of the tense and the usage itself from the students. Please note that although you mention eliciting the structure from the students you are doing so after you have already explained the structure, which defeats the point of elicitation.

    You do elicit the structure but, yes, you need to also elicit the usage. I’m not sure why the tutor says you have already explained the structure – you haven’t, at least not in the part of the plan that you posted here.

    6. There should be no need to compare the present continuous and present simple in this lesson.

    Again, I don’t think you do this in your plan…

    So, as I say, a little confused by some of the feedback. The two main issues for me are:

    1. You don’t elicit the usage.
    2. Study 2 (modified to include eliciting the usage) needs to go first, followed by Study 1 and Study 3.

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

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