The ESA Methodology of Teaching - Sample ESA Lesson

 

Now an example of a straight arrow ESA lesson for our engage phase. What we're going to do is to show the students a video of animals and they are going to say what they like about those animals and try to create a list of some more. So, remember what we're trying to do here is to get the students talking and thinking in English. We're using a typical engage activity, which is to create a list and we try to make sure that all the students have been involved in some way in creating those lists. Moving on to the study phase, the first part is going to be the board work and the teacher is going to try to elicit from the students what each of those animals can and can't do. Typically, what the students will say is just single words, so "run," "jump," "fly," etc. What we would then need to do is to make sure that each of those things is put into a sentence. So what we will do is to run through each of the animals and get the students to tell us in full sentences what it can and can't do. This will be covering the actual grammar point that we're trying to cover and so what we then need to do is to make sure that the students understand this particular grammar point and we can cover that with the use of worksheets. So, for example, we may have a gap fill and we may have a matching activity on that particular point. On to the final phase of the lesson, which is the activate. What we're going to do here is to get the students in pairs to create their own super animal and once they've drawn that particular animal out, they're going to write a number of sentences to tell us what it can and can't do. After that, they're then going to present that information to the rest of the class.


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Very useful information,however can be a bit confusing as it has a lot of similar content. I have learnt that mastering parts of speech helps a lot in mastering the language itself , once one has mastered different parts of speech its then easier to master the written and spoken language.This unit tied in nicely with the previous one and the lesson planning is now making much more sense. It is important to put your aim of the lesson first so that you know where to go with it in the engage study activate stages. I enjoyed this unit and the last one both really informative.This unit gave a more indepth understanding of how to teach language to non native speakers. I learnt about the different structures of how to teach students. I also learnt about why and why not students need to know something about the language of English. I found this unit very helpful.