Teachers around the world recently remembered what it’s like to be a student again and learn English with our new series of exams formula. They took part in a “live lesson experience” to get a first hand look at the new course. The participants received many helpful tips and strategies for teaching formula in your own online lessons.
Breaking down a super intense and intense lesson from Formula
In this overview we will examine two different types of lessons. The first session is an example of a super-intensive class taught in a short course of around 30 hours. The second session is an intensive lesson taught in a course of around 50 hours.
What do these classes have in common?
Both formula Lessons help students prepare for the Cambridge B2 First. They show how to develop various key skills such as speaking and listening. In addition, each lesson focuses on one of the innovative topics included in formula how to express feelings in the modern world, self-care and how we evolved as a species.
The lesson follows the test, teach, test approach in Formula’s exam trainer and textbook materials. This allows teachers to test their students’ knowledge before breaking down the exam papers and teaching the target language or grammar focus. Then teachers can test their students in a final exam task that solidifies the content of the lesson.
How does it help you as a teacher to experience a class as a learner?
Experienced through formula From the student’s point of view, teachers can better understand how the course materials can be adapted to their own needs and the duration of the course. The test, teach, test methodology works, but it is important to set it up properly so that students can get the most out of the lesson.
What are the learning objectives?
Whether it’s online or face-to-face, it is important that students are clear about the teaching goals at the beginning of each class. This helps them reflect on their own learning and achievements and set goals for future teaching.
Super intensive teaching goals:
- to learn and practice forming different word forms with prefixes and suffixes
- Practice Word Formation – Reading & Using English, Part 3
Intensive teaching goals:
- to check the form and usage of the past tense
- to practice keyword transformations (Reading and Using English, Part 4)
Each lesson begins with a group discussion. This involves the students in the lesson topic and activates their existing knowledge and language around the lesson topic.
The participants in the super-intensive class are then introduced to the first test phase of the lesson. Here, in groups, they conduct an example of a fill in the blank activity to show their understanding of the exam assignment without any guidance from the teacher.
During the feedback, we discuss important exam tips that will help students complete the assignment successfully. We also review student predictions on how best to approach the activity. In this way, students have the opportunity to take their own learning into their own hands. At the same time, they learn to rely less on the teacher simply explaining what to do.
In the intensive class, an inductive approach is used to identify the past tenses that students hear in a radio discussion. This approach allows students to work together to figure out the form and function of the narrative tenses. Then they review their ideas in class and discuss any rules. This is a student-centered approach to grammar.
After asking concept review questions to ensure the presented language is understood, students practice the language in a more controlled manner. Instead of simply doing activities individually on paper, activities are made more dynamic and appealing through the use of the interactive online platform. Words wall. This allows teachers to create different types of activity including matching games, quizzes, anagrams, and word searches.
Teachers can use any of the follow-up exercises from each lesson for further practice and consolidation. This includes the final test exam task in super-intensive lessons or the grammar file for further support in intensive lessons.
Take away lessons
- You engage your students from the minute they walk into class. After the teacher greets them, they answer questions about themselves. This brings a sense of community into the classroom even when students and teachers are not face to face. Students also enjoy the opportunity to personalize their discussions ahead of the class, which encourages engagement.
- The various methods of feedback used in an online course allow students to share ideas. At the same time, they can learn from and interact with each other by nominating classmates to unmute and share their ideas. For teachers who are experienced formula‘s lessons they can take away valuable ideas that they can use in their own online lessons. For example, they can now use a variety of feedback methods to maintain motivation and engagement in online classes.
- By using a variety of ways of working in an online lesson, you can more carefully consider different learning styles. From using a “gamified” online language platform to performing group activities in breakout rooms, students will have the opportunity to practice their receptive and productive skills, as well as valuable 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving.
- By engaging teachers in class and experiencing them as students, participants can penetrate their students’ minds and enjoy an immersive experience. Not only did the teachers experience what it felt like to be a student again, but it was also great fun. Many more teachers are now armed with helpful tips and strategies to prepare their own students for their Cambridge exams and classes formula.
You can see the super intensive:
And Intensive lessons here:
Resources used in the lesson
The following formula Resources are used by the participants:
Access via the Pearson English Portal, The teacher components used are:
- Super intensive: Exam Trainer Teacher Notes & B2 Exam Trainer with Key Reader +
- Intensive: B2 teacher book & presentation tool
What is formula
formula is a new, highly adaptable, competency-based course that focuses on Cambridge exam preparation for teens and young adults. It supports courses from 30 to 100 lessons and covers three levels – B1 Preliminary, B2 First and C1 Advanced.
By choosing different blocks of lessons, teachers can create their own course to meet the needs of their students, be it face-to-face, mixed, hybrid or fully online.