Read the first post on easing into developing curriculum.
Recently the topic for the weekly Twitter chat addressing world language teaching issues, #langchat, was the role of the textbook in the classroom. Teachers on Twitter just seem naturally more progressive to me anyway, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how many teachers are working to break their chains to the textbook.
- Develop a pattern. In my AP class, this is our pattern:
-Monday: “Explore” (explore something related to our current theme)
-Tuesday: Interpersonal communication (conversation or writing practice)
-Wednesday: Novel (we read Ciudad de las bestias)
-Thursday: Interpretive (listening or reading practice, often exploring sources for Friday’s presentational assessment)
-Friday: Presentational: (planning or planning and doing an oral presentation or essay synthesizing authentic sources)
Because of this pattern, I have to think less about what activity we should do on any given day. Also, I know we’re getting in practice in all the modes of communication.
- Subscribe to online resources. You can subscribe to my blog on the front page, and that’s typical of just about any blog. Have Kara and Megan email you when they post another great activity (scroll all the way down on the sidebar) or get an email every time there’s a new infographic (click seguir on the right). Infographics are a great way to get authentic content to low-level learners. Use a social bookmarking site like Delicious to easily and quickly save resources you don’t need now but may later.
I hope you are encouraged to take some small, effective steps toward more communicative teaching than a textbook can offer.
Foto credit: Jesús Pérez Pacheco