Teaching Practice 8
To provide clarification, review and production of different future forms to express future tense in the context of jobs and professions.
To enable students to reuse the target language through a written production of sentences or short paragraphs in the context of future plans.
Procedure (24-45 minutes)
Set the context and link it to the previous lesson of travel. Ask ss to find out which country I'd like to visit, let ss guess and then give them the answer "Singapore" and then teacher says that I wish to go to Singapore but I planned to go to France in November. I intend to apply for a job, maybe I will stay a couple of weeks, my brother will receive me.
Ss are now given a test. They are to match grammatical sentences with their explanation of meaning. ICQ. Ss work individually and then check with their answers against their peers FB and then WCFB is given in a worksheet.
Basing on ss achievements of the first pretest, teacher adjusts the area of exposure. i.e; if ss could answer the test fully, teacher will have to introduce them to a richer input and thus more challenging posttest. However if ss get stuck, teacher has to clarify the input and highlight the TL. At this stage, teacher tackles meaning, form and pronunciation. Teacher has to use three marker sentences of different tenses (going to, will+verb, and present continuous) to express future events. In Meaning stage, teacher has to check understanding through CCQ. Form will be elicited and ss will drill sentences. Teacher makes sure that weak forms will be highlighted and contractions are correctly pronounced.
To posttest ss knowledge and make sure that they have grasped the different forms that convey the future events, a controlled practice is set and students have to put verb into brackets into the right tense to mean a future action.ICQ and then green light.
Ss are required to produce and recall what they have learnt. They have to show that they get to grips with future tense forms. Ss divided into small groups and given cards on which wrong sentences of the future are written and they have to spot the mistake. Card are in the middle of the table and the 1st ss chooses a card and reads the sentence written, the first who spots the mistake, takes turn and so on. Ss who corrects the sentence has to write the correct answer on the back of the card. Ss exchange their cards with the WC. By the end, a FB of correct sentences is given to ss in HOs.
If time allows, ss will be asked to turn FB sheets over and write small paragraphs or sentences about their future plans by using going to, will+verb and present continuous. This activity is a real demonstration of a good understanding of the future forms use. Ss will hand their writing around the classroom without writing their names, their peers check and decide whether the form used is appropriate in conveying the future event.
Feedback and error correction is given immediately and on the spot in case of contraction mistakes or a wrong conjugation of a verb.