Three Useful Worksheets

From 101 Photocopiable Worksheets for English Language Classes By Dana Rosenberg

There are many workbooks with effective worksheets. Many students benefit from filling in blanks to learn the differences between past and present and subject and verb. But let’s look at the binders and folders that students carry around. What do we see? Often we see a stack of worksheets that appear to be carried around but not looked at more than once or twice. The goal of this packet is to give you three useful worksheets that students can use again and again. Worksheet A How to politely interrupt the teacher Worksheet B My Learning Plan Worksheet C Pronunciation Practice Chart These are the four sheets that I distribute at no cost online. I like to introduce the sheets to my students in that order. Here’s what I say: Teacher Talk A How To Interrupt the Teacher I like to give my students permission to interrupt. It is an excellent skill and it communicates immediately that the class is centered around you, the students. Your best skill will be speaking. Talking is how you will quickly show people your level of English. So I want you talking. Let’s practice using this sheet… Lower levels: It’s okay to ask questions. We want you to talk a lot. Let’s use these words…

Teacher Talk B My Learning Plan The learning plan is a set of goals. You can put your goals on this sheet. We can work together to find words and homework to meet your goals. Lower levels: What do you want to do? Let’s look at each part of this page. Teacher Talk C Pronunciation The learning plan is a set of goals. You can put your goals on this sheet. We can work Lower levels: What do you want to do? Let’s look at each part of this page. Teacher Talk (at least once a week) Remember, students: Eventually you will not need these sheets. Eventually you will leave these sheets on a bookshelf or you’ll toss them out because you need the binder for another project. Someday, you won’t need these pages. But right now, let’s look at these pages again – what can we add? What can we review? No Photocopier? No Problem None of these worksheets needs to be photocopied. You can put this information on a board and the students can get the information on blank sheets of paper. Final word to teachers: 1. You have the “teacher talk.” 2. You have the sheets. Let’s get started.

Worksheet A

How to politely interrupt the teacher
that is coming?” ____ Tell some news from your country _____ Tell us about a tradition or holiday in your country _____ Find a photo and volunteer to talk about it _____ Tell us a poem (you can translate it) _____ Show us a song on Youtube that has lyrics. Show us the song and explain the lyrics or ask about difficult words ____ Open a magazine and ask, “Can you tell us something about this?” _____ Stand up and make a presentation about anything (tell us about an animal) _____ Tell us about a book from the school’s library -- what is the main idea of the book? _____ Tell us some news that you heard. “Hey, teacher, did you hear about the bad storm ____ Tell us some confusing words quite/quit/quiet weird/wired pair pare pear _____ Tell us about a problem and offer a solution ______ Tell us about a family of words. “Tree trunk branch” or “freeze melt boil” or “string rope thread” ____ Tell us five new words that will help you move toward your goal _____ Read a dialog from your Learning Plan _____ Politely interrupt the teacher and ask, “Tell us something that you plan to do next summer.” ______ Politely interrupt the teacher and say, “I think we need to practice speaking. Everybody tell your partner something new.” _____ Ask a student about his country or city

Students can add more ideas about “how to politely interrupt the teacher.”

Worksheet B

My Learning Plan
Name: _________________________ GOAL: How will you use English?

 Write a story that you know (Cinderella, a story from your religion, Snow White)  Tell us about your city

 Tell us about a great restaurant in your city or in another country  Give three tips for new students about food or travel in another country  Tell us about a great place to visit in another country. Pronunciation check  think bath batch bathe breathe breath  “aw” saw dog bought taught pause off  fish beach seat sit sheep ship cheap chip  hot pot top father son / sun money Monday What else do you want to learn?       ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

What is your job or what will be your job?

Dialogs Example: “A problem on an airplane”      ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

Vocabulary  Parts of a car  Parts of the Human Body  Emergency Room vocabulary (break, sprain, scrape)  Parts of a tree  I / me / my / mine he / him / ? / ?  ________________________  ________________________

Add more ideas to this page when you are ready.

Worksheet C

Pronunciation Practice Chart
Teacher page If you have a class with Intermediate and Advanced students: You might want to go gradually in using these worksheets. Some students think they know how to pronounce or they don’t want to use class time for simple accent reduction. Some students like the IPA style of pronunciation chart, with Backwards C Upside down V “a + e” together Other students will appreciate the organized system developed by the University of Havana called “It Sounds Like.” It is similar to the Prater system (published in 1949) and the “long A” and “short A” system with and without the silent “e.”

First Activity
Write these words on the board: plane, Pete, bite, hope, cute plan, Pet, bit, hop, cut Then ask your students to say them. Ask your students: What happens to the pronunciation of these words (with and without a final “e”)? EXPECTED RESPONSE 1. With the “silent e” the vowel sounds like the name of the letter. Example: plane and Pete (the letters A and E) 2. Without the silent e, the vowel sound changes Example: plan and pet (short a and short e)

Second Activity
Introduce the full pronunciation sheet and ask students to put words in the boxes with the same vowel sound. Example: tough goes in “sun” box.

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This page shows “silent e”

without the “silent e” cat

A
[ee iii]

E
sea [iii]

plane plan hate hat pen head

Pete

I
night [aaa iii] bite

pet fish

O
go [oo uuu] note

bit Pot top

U
moon [uuuu] [iuuu] cute

not sun

cut

How many vowel sounds are there in English? There are _____ more vowel sounds.

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Worksheet C:

Pronunciation Practice Chart
cat plane plan hate hat pen head Pete pet fish bite bit Pot top note not sun cute cut TH (vibration) breathe Boy oil

A
[ee iii]

E
sea [iii]

I
night [aaa iii]

O
go [oo uuu]

U
moon [uuuu] [iuuu]  TH (no vibration) Breath AU house now AW dog saw AR car far OR four for

Foot

put

book

ER PRson (person) IR BRD (bird) UR TRN (turn)

Pronunciation Practice Chart by Dana Rosenberg

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Features 1. Opposites help with memory: There are opposites that help define the sounds: cat / dog, moon / sun 2. silent e: the system immediately helps students get an idea about the two sounds that occur with and without the silent 3. With this contrast, 10 of the vowel sounds can be demonstrated and arranged. The words arranged near the centerline of the top five rows shows the pairs with and without the “e.” 3. Easy to draw 4. the AR and ER and ER/IR/UR boxes are for the three types of sounds that typically go with R car star far bar four or for pour war With these words, we pronounce the words without the vowel. ER PR son (person) IR BRD (bird) UR TRN (turn) These are words that might be used in a beginner class.

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Parts of the Human Body
Worksheet C: Pronunciation Practice Chart

A
[ee iii]

nail

waist

Cat hand back calf plane plan hate hat

E
sea [iii]

knee heel

ear Pete

pen head leg pet Fish bite Bit hip wrist

I
night [aaa iii]

thigh

eye

O
go [oo uuu]

nose toe note

Pot top not Sun cute Cut butt

nostril

bottom

U
moon [uuuu] [iuuu]  TH (no vibration) Breath AU House now AW Dog saw AR OR

tongue

TH (vibration) breathe Boy oil

brow

mouth

foot

ER PRson (person) IR BRD (bird) UR TRN (turn)

(Put this sheet on a wall in your classroom. Add words to it when students mention them.)

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Ending Message Thank you for using my photocopiable worksheets in your class. If you would like the full book, please contact me at danaroseenglish@yahoo.com. Thanks. If you have a worksheet that works for you, I hope you will let me share it in the next edition of my book. English Language Teaching can take you from Alaska to Argentina!

Yes, that’s me in Ushuaia, Argentina, on a weekend trip while I was teaching in Buenos Aires.

A list of tips 1. Go for it and actually make it happen! 2. Relate to students on a personal level 3. Be energetic and show that you want to be there teaching 4. Have unconditional positive regard and treat mistakes as a good part of the learning process 5. Give real world examples 6. Make the activities fun and interesting Keep in touch.

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