Learning and Language Acquisition Specialist Sara Davila is one of the leading experts on the global English scale. She shared with us her top ten uses of the GSE Teacher Toolkit for language teachers – and today’s article is a roundup of her top ten ways to use the GSE in your English class.
The GSE Teacher Toolkit is a great tool for English teachers. It can make your lessons more engaging, save you time planning, and help you identify your learners’ needs. But with so many resources, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is an overview of the ten best ways to use the toolkit:
1. Lessons with mixed skills
Teaching mixed skill classes can be challenging – and this is why the Toolkit can be such a useful resource for teachers. This blog shows you how to differentiate your teaching process to support learners of different levels with a detailed lesson plan using a worksheet from the toolkit.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Teaching Classes of Mixed Skills
2. Performance evaluation
This post has plenty of practical advice to help you assess your students’ performance in the classroom. It shows you how to use the toolkit to get some insight into the gaps in your students’ skills. You will learn how to create personalized classroom rubrics to measure learning performance.
Read the GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Performance Evaluation
3. Plan progress
Progress can slow down for learners as language proficiency increases. How can teachers help students stay on track? This article will teach you how to plan progress. You can use the toolkit to design your learners’ journey with entry and exit planning. You make demonstrable progress and stay motivated.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Plan Progress Planning
4. Teaching integrated skills
We often see reading, writing, speaking and listening as separate competencies. However, our language classes often focus on teaching more than one skill at a time.
The combination of language skills is key for learners to successfully use English outside of the classroom. By planning to teach integrated skills, we can really help our learners progress. Check out this blog to learn how to incorporate skills into the toolkit.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Teaching Integrated Competencies
5. Help your learners set SMART goals
SMART goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. They are an important way of measuring progress and motivating your learners. So how can you help your students develop their own SMART goals? The teacher toolkit is an ideal resource. In this post, you’ll learn exactly how the toolkit can help your class define their learning goals.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Help Your Learners Set SMART Goals
6. Target the correct learning zone
The zone of proximal development is the phase when learners can do something with support. Then, with your guidance and careful lesson planning, they will learn to do it themselves. The toolkit can help you ensure that your lessons are in the correct study zone. Your students are challenged – but not overwhelmed! This article will show you how to use the toolkit to understand your students’ target learning zone.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Aligning with the Right Learning Zone
7. Planning a communicative grammar lesson
This blog will guide you through planning a communicative grammar lesson. There is a step-by-step guide on how to use the toolkit to choose your grammar point, choose a learning objective, and align it with a productive skill. You’ll find that planning a grammar lesson has never felt so effortless!
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Planning a Communicative Grammar Lesson
8. Acceptance of the vocabulary list
The GSE Teacher Toolkit’s vocabulary database contains thousands of words, collections and phrases. You can find almost anything you want to teach in a vocabulary-based lesson. This post will show you how to filter the database and create a custom list to suit your learners’ needs.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: take over the vocabulary list
9. Lesson planning inspiration
In this blog post, learn how to add tension to your lesson plans and help your learners make meaningful progress. You will learn to identify concepts that students have mastered and areas that still need to be worked on. Then use the toolkit to get inspiration and develop a lesson plan.
Read GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Lesson Planning Inspiration
10. Lessons based on a standardized curriculum
It can be a balancing act to teach within a standardized system while finding time to teach the specific skills your learners need. The Teacher Toolkit can help you ensure that each student receives a personalized and relevant learning experience. This article shows you how to use the toolkit to identify the skills and sub-competencies related to specific learning objectives. Learn more about how you can use the toolkit to work towards larger curriculum goals while supporting learners every step of the way:
Read the GSE Teacher Toolkit Top 10: Teaching with a Standardized Curriculum
Read more about the Global English scale. If you want to learn more about how to use the GSE Teacher Toolkit, you can Check out this webinar how the toolkit can support your teaching. And of course we want to hear from you favourite Use of the tool box! Let us know in the comments.