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British Council English Teachers Guide

British Council English Teachers Guide

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To understand the degree of control in a speaking task we can contrast

these two diary activities:

Diary activity task A

Fig. 1

Telephone your partner to organise a night out at the cinema or a game

of tennis. Find a time which suits both of you. Ask and answer like this:

‘What are you doing on Monday evening/afternoon?’
‘Are you doing anything on Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon?’

‘I’m not free. I’m going to my painting class.’
‘Yes, I am. I’m going to school/to the dentist.’

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visit grandma 3pm

painting class 7pm

swimming lesson 2-4pm

Spanish class 7pm

football practice 7pm

Student A

M

T

W

T

piano lesson 5pm

F

M

T

W

T

play rehearsal 6.30pm

F

tennis lesson 3pm

mum's birthday party pm

pub party 6pm

Dentist 3pm

English club 3pm

Student B

Card games

pp 95–6

Diary activity task B

Fig. 2

Task Ais far more controlled:

•the language structures to use are indicated

•the diary pages contain all the necessary vocabulary for

making appointments

•the content is determined by the teacher.

Task Bis far less controlled and linguistically more demanding:

•students choose the language to use

•students put in the content and make decisions about

their intentions.

It would be possible to modify each task depending on the levels of your

classes and their need for fluency or accuracy work. The amount of linguistic

support and ideas you give will determine the level of difficulty of the task.

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M

T

W

T

F

Complete this diary with six

appointments or activities over the

whole week. Phone your friend to

organise an evening out (you suggest

the activity) or an afternoon together.

Try and fix one fun activity together.

Factors influencing
learner motivation

pp 24–5

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