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TESOL Videos - Coursebooks and materials - Resource Books Part 1
The next item that we're going to consider is the use of resource books. There are many different types of resource books available and within those books there tends to be a general pattern and typically the resource book pack will come in a three book series and typically that three book series will be in the form of the student book, a workbook and a teacher's resource book. So for example here are those three books for this particular series called ?Total English? and in the student book the type of information that we can gain from here is the actual background to the teaching points themselves plus some additional information in terms of short worksheets and so on and so forth and tape transcripts at the end for listening activities, which these days often come on a CD rather than cassettes. So within the student book itself what this will give us is the actual information for the teaching point. The workbook will often give us activities that are very useful in any ESA lesson for the study phase of the lesson and the teachers resource book will not only give us some additional background to the actual teaching point but it often gives activities that are useful for the activate phase or in the ESA lesson. So the three books contained within the book series basically will provide us with all the information that we need to know for the actual lesson content itself activities to do during the study phase and activities to do in the activate phase. Now quite often some of the activities that are suggested here may not be culturally suitable or we may not have covered the exact teaching points as they have in the book so very often the activities taken from the work and the resource book would need to be adapted or changed in some way.
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This unit focused on the different methodologies used over time. It gave a brief synopsis of each method, detailing both the pros and cons. With all the information that has been gathered about language learning of the years, the ESA method is what this curriculum has landed on as being the best method to teach students English. The ESA method has three main phases: 1) Engage, 2) Study and 3) Activate. The purpose of the engage phase is to get the students talking in English. They will be given the opportunity to get their brain engaged and warmed up by doing a fun activity like Fizz Buzz, making lists, or playing an alphabet game. Next, they will move to the study phase. This is when the teacher presents the material that is to be learned, first by eliciting the students' knowledge on the subject. This is when board work will be done, along with drills. This phase also is the time for the teacher to check for understanding by having the students complete an activity (gap fill, matching exercises, analysis of text). The last phase is to activate the newly acquired knowledge by having the students role play, complete a survey, debate/discuss, story building, etc. The goal of the activate phase is to get the students to use their knowledge in a real life situation. With this ESA approach you can either choose to do those steps in that order (\"Straight Arrow), or you can do a \"Patchwork\" (E > A > A > S > A > E > S > A) or a \"Boomerang\" (E > A > S > A). The important thing is to always begin with an Engage phase and end with an Activate Phase.