Ideas for using Languages in Action version 2.0 in your class
Languages in Action 2.0 makes a much larger volume of learning material available to you and your students, enabling you to effectively differentiate your classroom combined with the powerful functionality in the Control Panel.
Here are some suggestions for using the new material in your classroom:
Spread it out
- If you are assigning the whole unit of work (all 8 smart lessons), remember that you'll need to allocate a considerable amount of time for this as it's not possible to complete this inside a one hour block.
- Each section in a smart lesson can be individually assigned, so consider assigning a couple of listening and reading tasks during each session for them to practise their skills in a relevant context.
- You might choose to not assign the grammar lessons, especially at beginner level, if you would rather have grammar become a focus later on in the learning journey. Try assigning the grammar lessons only as an extension task for higher level students.
Assign different activities to different students
- Different sections of each lesson could be assigned to different groups of students. Using the listening and reading comprehension material as an example, you can differentiate by assigning just the texts and questions from the first half of the lesson to students who struggle with the topic. The first half of lessons tend to be easier to digest, as the lessons increase with difficulty as students progress. For students that you're looking to extend, you could then set the whole lesson. For more information, see How do I assign a homework task for individual students?
Make Learning Stations
- You can seperate the different sections of a unit into stations for students to work on in groups. Once they have completed a station, they can rotate around the classroom to begin working on the next section. This will help to encourage group learning and allow you to spend 1-1 time with students if necessary.
Flip the classroom
- Assign the learning material to students to complete for homework before you begin the unit to promote a flipped classroom environment.
Make an assessment
- The material in any of the sections can be set as a formative or summative assessment activity. You might decide to use some parts of each section for in-class learning tasks, and keep some aside to set as an assessment at the end of that unit using our Quick Tests.
- You could create a competition based on just the content in a specific unit to encourage the students to complete each section of work in a particular unit.
- Students can compete in an Education Perfect Dash at the end of the introductions, the vocabulary practice section, the reading comprehension section and the grammar sections. This is a great way to motivate them to get through the lesson.
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