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TESOL Videos - The Future Tenses - Future Continuous - Teaching Ideas
Now here are some teaching ideas for the future continuous tense. Here, we have an activity where we'll be asking students to spontaneously make some excuses based upon some invitations. We can do this in pairs or small groups. The teacher will have cut these cards up and the students will place them into a pile, randomly picking up a card. So one student might pick this card up and say 'Would you like to play tennis with me tomorrow?' The other student will be challenged to come up with an excuse as quickly as possible, which might be 'No, I'm sorry I'll be working.' Then, we have the next student pick up the next card and we challenge an additional student to make an excuse. Here we have another teaching idea for the future continuous tense and this involves two students trying to plan a meeting between themselves sometime in the future. One student will have a planner such as this filled in with quite a few activities. Their partner will also have a planner filled in with activities on opposite days. The activity will be rigged so that only one day allows for both of them to meet together. The objective of the activity will be define that day. They'll need to do so by asking a series of questions. One may begin with 'Would you be available on the fourteenth?' Here this student would notice that they have a conference and we respond with 'I'm sorry, I'll be attending a conference.' He may return with another day and by asking these series of questions, eventually, they'll arrive at the day they can meet. As with any activity where certain members of the group are missing information and they have to compare and contrast their information, we have to make sure that the students aren't actually showing each other their diaries and they're having to ask each other questions and respond verbally.
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In this unit I learned different ways of evaluating students' levels and progress, which is very important to make sure most students achieve their study goals continually. There are lots of ways to assess a student's language level, such as Tutorial, Evaluation by the students and Test. The way of Tutorials is mainly for small- group students, it is possible for teacher to conduct tutorials in the last ten minutes. But in China, the number of students in a class is always over 30. So Test is often regarded as the most effective way to evaluate students' level and progress. In the first beginning, students must take Placement text before stating their English courses. Because it allow the teacher to gauge the language level so that they can start learning at the right stage. After the Placement test, students usually take the Diagnostic tests at the start of the course. Teacher will decide where to begin and where are key points after knowing what they have already retained. If students are going to take external examinations like TOFEL or IELTS, teachers will provide Practice tests for them to prepare. The format and the structure of the Practice tests should be similar with the real external examination. As we all know, too many tests are not necessary but keep Progress tests on file are useful to match topics and language from the course books in use. Students themselves are also able to know what they have already learned and where they need to review and revise. In the end , evaluating by students themselves is also seen a good way. Teacher can use survey to let students give their comments and feedback, and it helps teacher understand better how students feel.