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Title: Unlocking the textbook and unleashing English language pedagogy
Authors: Silver, Rita
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Workshop presented at the RELC International Seminar Seameo Regional Language Centre, Singapore, 2008
Abstract: In Singaporean schools and other settings with a national syllabus, ‘required’ textbooks and high-stakes exams, teachers usually feel locked into their textbooks. One way to ensure coverage of the necessary material is to follow the book, lock step. In other contexts where there is less structure in the syllabus and exams (for example, teaching in private language schools in some Asian countries), teacher sometimes have the opposite problem of feeling that teaching is a free for all. Textbooks can be a joy or a sorrow depending on how much they constrict or support our classroom teaching. In this workshop, I demonstrate ways to unlock the textbook so it can serve as a resource for classroom teaching and student learning whether in highly structured contexts or in situations which lack supporting structures for pedagogical planning. Together we work through three steps for unleashing classroom teaching: analysis of the textbook as classroom teaching materials and resources, adaptation of those materials to create more variety in day-today teaching and to enhance opportunities for student learning, and adopting alternative activity types that can supplement that materials which are readily available in the textbook.
Project number: CRP 8/04 RES
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