Best ways to support

intermediate students
Robin Walker
Oxford University Press
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th
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intermediate students
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Q1 Where are you teaching?
a) in the UK.
b) in a country where English is an official language.
c) in a country where English is regularly used for
study and business but is NOT an official
language.
d) in a country where English is mainly a school
subject, with few opportunities to use it outside
the classroom.
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Q2 Who do you teach?
a) (almost) entirely intermediate-level students.
b) mostly intermediate-level students.
c) “the works” – beginner to advanced.
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Q3 How long have you been teaching?
a) less than 5 years.
b) 5–10 years.
c) 10–15 years.
d) more than 15 years.
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1. Mapping the plateau
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How do our learners
perceive the
plateau?
1. Mapping the plateau
a) I’ve seen this before
b) I need more words
c) I’m loosing control
d) I’m making more mistakes than ever
e) I can get by but …
f) I’m afraid of flying
g) I’m lost without you
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1. Mapping the plateau
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Re-present old grammar
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2. Grammar on the plateau
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Extend known structures
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2. Grammar on the plateau
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Activate grammar
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2. Grammar on the plateau
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TIME TO CHAT
Grammar on the
plateau
2. Grammar on the plateau
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CLK “… lots of new vocabulary in known topic areas”
3. Vocabulary on the plateau
• Extend vocabulary
• Teach high frequency words
+ verb phrases
• Teach lexical chunks
• Teach vocabulary and
pronunciation together
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Extend vocabulary
3. Vocabulary on the plateau
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Vocabulary Bank – Personality
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High frequency words and verb phrases
3. Vocabulary on the plateau
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Lexical chunks
3. Vocabulary on the plateau
Practical English
Episode 5
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TIME TO CHAT
Pronunciation on
the plateau
4. Pronunciation on the plateau
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Pronunciation for getting off the plateau
4. Pronunciation on the plateau
• Key consonants
• Clusters
• Word boundaries
• Linking
• Sentence stress & rhythm
• Vowel length
• Word stress
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Sound level
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Intermediate 6B
4. Pronunciation on the plateau
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Sentence
level
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4. Pronunciation on the plateau
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Sentence level
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4. Pronunciation on the plateau
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5. Learner independence
They need to improve
independent learning
skills and not only
English language skills
@andrea_rivett
… successful learners ...
make a combination of formal
self-instruction with an
attempt to immerse
themselves in a
communicative setting.
Qing Xu
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5. Learner independence
TIME TO CHAT
Learner
independence
on the plateau
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5. Learner independence
STUDY LINK
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4. Learner independence
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4. Learner independence
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4. Learner independence
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5. Learner independence
Recording
progress
off the
plateau
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6. Psychology for the plateau
Measuring progress
Perhaps what defines the
plateau feeling can’t be
measured in language skills
proficiency or years but in lack
of progress
As they progress it
becomes much harder for
them to notice real
improvements
Maybe the problem is
how stds are measuring
their progress
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6. Psychology for the plateau
Goal setting
1+6
2
3
4+5
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6. Psychology for the plateau
Believing
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6. Psychology for the plateau
Believing
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4. Learner independence
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intermediate students
Robin Walker
Oxford University Press
Global webinars
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Thank you!
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