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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Introducing... Five Six Seven Now Live!

Those of you who read this blog regularly may have heard a little about my latest project, Five Six Seven. I have been working on this over the past year and have trialled the programme with my own class, for whom the project was originally created. Here are a few more details.

Five Six Seven

What is Five Six Seven?

Five Six Seven is a content-based language course for young learners of five to seven years of age.

Who is it aimed at?

Five Six Seven is aimed at teachers of English to young learners. It is meant as an alternative to traditional language lessons.

Is Five Six Seven suitable for subject teachers?

No. The course includes content from other areas of the curriculum but does not replace those subjects. It is an English course that uses content from other subjects to motivate and maintain interest whilst encouraging the learners to communicate in a natural way. It may, however, be useful for CLIL teachers who are looking for extra ideas.

What is included in the Five Six Seven course?

Five Six Seven is a teacher's guide. There is no class book. The guide is made up of a series of 6 step by step lesson plans for each of the 9 units, plus 4 insertable units. At the back of the guide you will find photocopiable worksheets and handouts to accompany the lesson plans, and a bank of pictures that you can download from the Microsoft Office website.  

How can I download Five Six Seven to try it out with my class?

Five Six Seven has its own website. On the site you will find a full copy of the syllabus ready to download. You will also be able to view the first two units of the course. If you wish to download the units or have a preview of later units, please use the contact form on the website.

Do I have to pay to use Five Six Seven?

No! It is completely free of charge. You can also share the contents with your colleagues and other teachers in your school. However, I ask that you provide some feedback as to the use, quality and practicality of the materials. If there is anything that you think could be improved, please drop me a line!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blogging, Twitter and Distractions

Having realised that I haven't posted on this blog for well over a month, I thought it was about time I made a comeback! I hope I haven't lost many of my faithful readers during the dry spell that was July.

A bit of a dry spell... by jczart on Flickr

My excuses? A week meeting my new niece in sunny Stoke, another week spring (that should be summer) cleaning and sorting out the tip that our flat had become, a week being very lazy (after all that work) and a final week getting back down to the grindstone to my project Five Six Seven (which you will hear about very soon!)

I have opened Tweetdeck for the first time in weeks and found no messages or mentions, so I don't think I have been missed too much! That is, of course, the very nature of Twitter. The same people at the same time every day have random conversations, which I must say are great fun, but when the same people disappear off the face of the Twearth nobody really notices. For many teachers like myself, the summer break is a chance to disconnect from teaching and get our real lives back for a bit, spending more time with friends and family and less time stuck in front of a Twitterstream. Having said that, I am getting a smartphone, so I will surely become a Twaddict again sometime soon.

In any case, I haven't completely disowned ELT for the summer. I have been working on Five Six Seven and its website. Sometimes, one needs to choose one thing to focus on and ignore all other distractions.

If I have been away for too long and neglected my own blog, it doesn't mean that I have been ignoring yours - I may not have commented but I have been reading...I promise! I'm just no longer spending hours every day reading and commenting and tweeting.

I will be away in the last week of August, but as soon as I am back I will be launching the Five Six Seven website, ready for Back to School in September. Then it's all go!
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