Embedding English Effectively In Plans: Ten Top Tips For Teachers

  • Identify naturally occurring opportunities to embed English – don’t fake it!

 

  • On your plans, note down the one or two aspects of English you are actively developing in that lesson/module – don’t overload it.

 

  • Pick out the 5 most useful key words for a lesson and clarify them (match up the words with definitions; dictionary definitions race; gap fill exercise)

 

  • Get learners to practise the S.U.M aspects of the words during the lesson and in revision slots – S for spelling and how you say it; U for using it in a sentence; M for what it means in a definition

 

  • Identify whether reading and writing skills form a key focus in the lesson and which ones are being developed – focus on those specific skills.

 

  • Think about how to prepare learners for reading (a few prompt questions, some visuals, a predication task)

 

  • Think about how to prepare learners for writing (model essays; a writing frame; guidance sheet on how to structure it)

 

  • Develop your approach to correcting written work (peer review stages; common errors list; correction starter activities)

 

  • Remember that speaking and listening are part of embedding English – consider the specific skills learners are practising in group discussions, debates, presentations etc. Give them some “how to” advice plus some feedback for development.

 

  • Thread these approaches through your Scheme of Work so skills are developed over time – you don’t need to do this in every session or wrench things in where they really don’t fit….
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3 Responses to Embedding English Effectively In Plans: Ten Top Tips For Teachers

  1. sineadkay says:

    Hi Joanne
    I have prepared a similar list for Maths that you might be interested in:

    Embedding Maths Effectively In Plans: Ten Top Tips For Teachers

     Identify naturally occurring opportunities to embed Maths – don’t fake it!

     On your plans, note down the one or two aspects of Maths you are actively developing in that lesson/module – don’t overload it.

     Pick out any maths related key words for a lesson and clarify them (e.g. ratios, averages, scale)

     Identify any specific maths skills in the lesson and develop that skill with all learners in the group.

     Have materials available to support numerical work (e.g. if fractions appear in the SoW, have flashcards or worksheets available – see your link tutor).

     Remember that interpreting graphs and data are part of embedding Maths.

     Allow the space and time to discuss the direct links between maths skills and employability.

     Challenge our learners’ mindset about maths! Help them to move from a fixed mindset (I can’t do it) to a growth mindset (I can’t do this now, but…)

     Reinforce the importance of maths skills in life.

     Thread these approaches through your Scheme of Work so skills are developed over time – you don’t need to do this in every session or wrench things in where they really don’t fit….

    Source: Adapted from: https://joannemilesconsulting.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/embedding-english-effectively-in-plans-ten-top-tips-for-teachers/

  2. Reblogged this on joannemilesconsulting and commented:

    Embedding English AND maths effectively in lesson plans: Tips for teachers

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