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TEFL Lesson Plans For Dummies by Michelle M. Maxom

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Chapter 12

Thinking Outside the Book

In This Chapter

arrow Deciding when to put the course book aside for a while

arrow Using course book features in unusual ways

arrow Preparing students to anticipate a course book topic in a pre-intermediate lesson plan

In Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies (Wiley) I wrote about using a course book and why it’s often beneficial to do so instead of creating all your own materials. Basically, using a course book is less time-consuming for the teacher because it reduces planning time, it usually contains a logical course syllabus and the book enables you to draw on the experience and research of well-informed teacher-authors.

In this chapter, however, I show you what to do if the course book isn’t meeting your students’ needs. I give you suggestions for eliminating, expanding on, and substituting the material in the book.

Building on Course Books as a Lesson Resource

What do course books usually contain? This list covers the typical features:

  • A syllabus
  • Practice exercises
  • Discussion/writing questions
  • Photographs and images
  • Grammar boxes with rules
  • Extended grammar reference sections
  • Verb tables
  • Glossaries for particular exercises
  • Extended word lists ...

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