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Designing a twenty-hour course
by Scott Shelton

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Appendix A - Course Outline

Functions

Hypothesizing
Negotiating
Collaboration
Agreeing to disagree
Making complaints
Holding the floor
Expressing personal opinion
Comparing and contrasting
Turn taking

Grammar

Linking devices
Wishes and regrets
Constructions after reporting verbs
Hypothetical conditionals
Relative clauses
Noun and verb clauses
Adjective order

Vocabulary

Synonyms
Positive and negative connotations
Noticing and recording collocations of: Adjective + noun phrases
Verb + noun phrases
Adverb + adjective phrases

Homophones
Phrasal verbs
Confusable words
False cognates
Adverbs and adjectives to describe lifestyles
Word formation

Pronunciation

Word stress patterns
Intonation (inferring attitude at receptive level)

Skills

Speaking: Interactional/transactional
Giving descriptions
Summarizing
Developing a discussion
Ranking/justifying opinion
Listening:
For gist and for detail
Writing:
Register transfer
Reports
Film reviews
Formal/informal letters
Reading:
Skimming/scanning
For gist and for detail
For pleasure

Learning strategies

Developing top down
/bottom up reading and
listening strategies
Planning to write
Brainstorming
Identifying theme,
Purpose and audience
Developing an awareness of cohesion
Proofreading/error correction
Noticing and recording lexis in context
Prediction/ educated guessing

Appendix B - the course timetable

Appendix C - Needs analysis

Needs analysis

Please take some time at home and answer any and all questions you feel comfortable about answering and those that you feel are relevant. This information will help your teacher to have a better understanding of you and the others on this course and will have an effect on how it is taught. Please answer as briefly or as in depth as you like.


1. In your opinion, is this course presently fulfilling your needs and requirements for passing the CAE exam? If not, how would you prefer to proceed and what do you think needs to be done?


2. What were your expectations of this course before you began? How close to reality were they?


3. Do you feel you know what is expected on each paper of the exam?
If not, how would you rather receive more information-directly from your teacher during class time or by reading relevant sections of Cambridge published material?


4. Do you feel that you are making progress? If not, what do you think could help you progress more?


5. What are your views of the course book and supplementary materials used on this course? Are they relevant to your needs? Do you find them interesting? If not, what more is needed, in your opinion?


6. What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses? Reading writing listening speaking?
Do you feel that your pronunciation is adequate for your present needs?

7. What do you feel are the areas you need to work on most? Are you getting sufficient practice and input on these areas in class?

Which part of the exam do you feel most confident about?
8. Do you think you are reading and writing enough both inside and outside of class in order to be able to deal with the exam requirements?
If not, how do you think this could be remedied?

9. Are there any particular problems you are having on this course? Do you feel that you teacher is aware of this and provides opportunities to work on this area in class?

10. Do you feel that your teacher is well prepared and uses class time wisely? If not, please comment on how you think this could be improved?

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