16 Eylül 2013 Pazartesi

Okuma-Konuşma, Alternative Education

Lead- In:
Suggested Movie: Schooling, Dangerous Minds
Suggested Books: Dead  Poets’ Society
Suggested website: http://baskabirokul.blog.com
Suggested Video:
Questions for the Video (Write the questions on the board before ss start watching)
1-       What’s the public education for?
2-       What’s the profound mistake in education?
Lead-In: While introducing the topic, the following vocabulary can be written on the board to make the students think about the topic:

alternative education = non traditional / non conventional /non standardized education
traditional education=mainstream /conventional education/standardized education (Traditional learning is a kind of rote learning. Also remind the students the word “learn/know by heart” means to memorize.)

Warm-up: Make ss talk about the alternative forms of education. Suggested answers:
homeschooling /home-based learning
distance learning / e- learning / learning online
alternative high school
The Montessori school system (was characterized by an emphasis on freedom within limits, independence & respect for a child’s mental development as well as technological advancements in the society)
vocational schools

Warm-up: Make ss think about the main differences between traditional and alternative education in terms of curriculum, teaching, place, dressing code, rules, etc… Suggested answers:

Traditional Education                                                    Alternative Education
standardized curriculum and teaching                          variety in courses and teaching
in-class education                                                              Homeschooling/ online learning etc.             
wearing uniforms in higher education                           no dress code

While-Reading/ Pre&Post Reading Questions:
1. What does education provide? /What is education for?
2. What would your ideal education be like?
3. What forms of alternative education do you know?
4. What are the alternative education settings available in your country?
5. Are there any similarities between Montessori School and alternative high schools /If yes, what are they? (Par. 3)
6. Why do you think parents choose homeschooling? (Par. 4)
7. What are the advantages /disadvantages of homeschooling?
8. Do you prefer taking distance learning courses? Explain your idea by giving supports.
9. If you were the Minister Of National Education, what would you like to change in the current system?
10. What do you think of the future of alternative education?

Vocabulary exercises:Match the words with the related ones:

1.look for /find
a.  online
2.take class
b. in school /at home /online
c. globally
4. grow /expand
d. popular / distance learner
5. skilled /semi-skilled/unskilled
e. a job
6. take place
f. worker
1 e - 2 a - 3 d - 4 c - 5 f - 6 b

Collocations: Public education, improve one’s life, standardized tests, business leaders, emotional/physical/academic needs, multi-aged groups, passive/real learning, global demand, take tests/classes online, internet access, have right to education/ education right, shortage/lack of skilled people
Post Reading Activity:
Discussion: Ask ss whether they agree with the idea of the writer that “Alternative learning will continue to grow”. (Here remind the ss the use of “be likely to+V1)

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