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Note: A full contents list at the front of the book provides a complete list of the activities, the suggested level at which each activity can be used, and the language it practises. The summary below aims to give a general idea of the book's organization. ; Foreword ; Introduction: What is a beginner? ; How to use this book ; 1. Decisions ; Decision 1: Syllabus options ; Decision 2: Content or method ; Decision 3: Product or process ; Decision 4: Teaching strategies for beginners ; Decision 5: Classroom activities ; Decision 6: Introducing supplementary materials ; Decision 7: Giving instructions ; 2. First Lessons (10 activities) ; First lesson ideas. Several are also suitable for lessons other than the very first one, and some can be used a number of times, often with small variations. ; 3. Basics (15 activities) ; Activities to help teach numbers, time, and colour in the first stages of learning English. ; 4. Language Basics (11 activities) ; Activities which introduce several of the basic syntactic structures and phonological features of English. ; 5. Roman script (11 activities) ; Activities to help learners unfamiliar with Roman script. ; 6. More words (13 activities) ; Activities to help students acquire vocabulary as fast as possible in the early stages of learning. ; 7. Firsts (16 activities) ; A series of 'firsts' (e.g. First mime, First autobiography, First traveller's tale), so that students feel they are passing a number of landmarks in their language learning, which in turn leads to a greater sense of progress. ; 8. Games (10 activities) ; Language games, each mirroring the routine of a well-known game. ; 9. Interactions (7 activities) ; Activities to give students practice in interacting with the world outside the classroom. There are rehearsals for real encounters, as well as activities which involve actual interaction with native speakers. ; 10. Self-improvement (13 activities) ; Activities which focus on developing learner strategies, promoting self-reliance, classroom support activities, peripheral learning,and self-study. ; Bibliography ; Indexes
Provides stimulating and communicative activities, including imaginative adaptations of games. By Peter Grundy. Part of the Resource Books for Teachers series.
'... a valuable resource and a recognition that teaching beginners is just as challenging and probably even more rewarding than teaching at any other level.' * Modern English Teacher *