Course Planning -
by Emma Worrell
Appendix 1: Course Outline
Comparing and contrasting
Advice and suggestions
Advantages and disadvantages
Present tense review
Comparatives and superlatives
Register and format
Linkers (sequencing, concession, contrast, addition, generalisation)
Cohesion (reference words- anaphoric and cataphoric, lexical)
Word stress (compound adjectives)
Intonation (question tags, sounding interested)
Phonemic chart revision
Word building: prefixes, suffixes
Work and employment
Sports (equipment, rules)
Describing people: compound adjectives- character, attitude.
Speaking: comparing and contrasting, advice and suggestions,
agreeing and disagreeing, advantages and disadvantages.
Listening: for gist, for specific information, for detailed
information, inferring attitude.
Reading: for global understanding, for specific information,
Writing: Transactional letter, informal letter, magazine
Exam strategies: Paper 1, part 1, 3 and 4; Paper 2, part
1; Paper 3, part 5 and part 4.
Error correction (teacher and peer correction of written
Vocabulary: Expanding and recording lexical groups, effective
translation, word building.
Reading: inferring meaning from context, examining parts
of speech, activating students' schemata, using visual
clues, anaphoric and cataphoric referenences
Course timetable (Each class is 1.5 hours)
Page numbers refer to FCE Gold (unless otherwise indicated)
Abbreviations Max = FCE Gold Maximiser, IGB = Instant Grammar
Book, T = Teacher, Stds = students, Hwk = Homework
|Tuesday 21st October
Theme: A Sense of Adventure U.1
Warmer: Review Hwk
Exam Focus: Reading.
Ordering the sentences of an informal letter using discourse
markers to help.(Instant Grammar Lessons)
Find the grammar mistakes, letter questions.Letter plan
Hwk:Letter (p.12, ex. 3)
|Thursday 23rd October
Warmer: Brainstorm ways to travel.
Sub-skill: prediction questions,noting figures, True/False
Sub-skill: Giving opinions(p.14)
Prefixes/suffixes (p. 14)
|Tuesday 28th NovemberTheme:
Work and Play U.2
Review of vowel sounds.
Exam Practice: Paper 5, part 3; Collaborative speaking
task- Photo prompts (job photos). Discuss pay, desirability.
Jobs/responsibilities + relative clauses; "is a
Game 'Guess my job'
Hwk: U.1 Review (p.15)
|Thursday 30th November
Warmer: Hwk check
Team game. T gives description of job, stds guess name
Sub-skill: prediction/gistUnpopular jobs (p.17)
Exam Practice: Paper 4, part 3(multiple
Phrasal verbs (p.17)
Exam Strategies: Writing.
Stds read and discuss criteria for letter writing. Stds
peer correct each others' letters in accordance with
Hwk: Present tense review (p.17
|Tuesday 4th NovemberTheme:
Work and Play U.2
Warmer: Speaking. present continuous review
Review/practise present tenses (p.18).
Employment vocabulary (p.18)
Exam strategy: Comparing British employment laws with
Spanish employment laws (p.18)
Hwk: Exam Focus, Paper 3, part 5
|Thursday 6th November
Warmer:Exam Focus check.
Analysis of discourse- how stds came to conclusions
about answers. (p.19)
Sub-skill: prediction of song content, ordering sentences
Transactional letter (p.21)
Exam Strategies: analysing task
Register/format/linkers for formal letter.
Hwk: Letter (p.21, ex 3)
|Tuesday 11th November
Warmer: Reading race (authentic material).Matching
questions to job adverts
Exam Strategy: Paper 1, part 3- gapped
Affective response to article
Hwk: Max. (p.19)
|Thursday 13th November
Warmer: Brainstorm sports.
Sports vocabulary- syllable stress.
Exam Strategy: Comparing and contrasting pairs of sports.
(Paper 5, part 2).
Discuss favourite sports.
Noticing sequencers in written text (p.24)
Using sequencers to describe routine.
Hwk: Max. (p.20 )
|Tuesday 18th NovemberTheme:
Nearest and Dearest
Warmer: Stds discuss photo of twins (p.26).
Stds complete poem with rhyming words (p.26).
Stds check poem (p26).
Stds practice rhythm and stress of poem (p.26).
Advantages/disadvantages of brothers/sisters (p.26 ex
Sub-skill: Matching title to article
Game: "Call My Bluff"- vocab.(p.27 ex.3).
Hwk: True/False (p.27 ex. 2).
|Thursday 20th November
Warmer: Check homework.
Sub-skill: Inferring meaning of phrasal verbs from context
of listening exercise.
Sub-skills: Gist/comprehension questions. Authentic
material- BBC World News.
Discussion of world news Exam Strategy: Giving opinions/advice.
Comparatives/superlatives review.(p.28 ex.1).
Hwk: Exam Focus (p.28)
|Tuesday 25th November
Warmer: Vocabulary recycling. Stds test
each other on vocab cards from previous units.
Comparatives/superlatives. Describing people (p.29 ex.
Exam Strategy: Use of English Paper 3,
part 2 (p.29 ex.3).Skill: Listening
Sub-skill: Listening for gist 'Selling'
Selling a product.Sub-skill/function: language for persuasion/comparing/contrasting.
Hwk: Letter (Max p. 24-25)
|Thursday 27th November
Warmer: Peer correction of hwk letter
(using exam criteria).
Family members/describing people. Matching vocabulary
Using new vocab to describe family members.Function/phonology:
Hwk: U. 2 Review (p.25).
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