Quickly review the terminology you will have come across in reading Cunningsworth.
It will be useful for discussing/evaluating course books.
Complete the definitions of the terms below, as found in Cunningsworth, chapters 4 & 5.
1. When we refer to Language Form, we mean ________________________________
2. When we talk about Language Use, we mean ________________________________
3. An example of a grammatical form which has two meanings is__________________ because _________________________________
4. Lexis is another word for ________________________________________________
5. Active vocabulary is ____________________________________________________
6. Passive vocabulary is ___________________________________________________
7. Collocation is when ____________________________________________________
8. A structural syllabus is one in which ______________________________________
9. A functional syllabus is one in which ______________________________________
10. Sequencing refers to __________________________________________________
11. Recycling is when ____________________________________________________
12. Staging refers to the way in which _______________________________________
13. Staging can be shallow, average or steep, i.e. _______________________________
14. If a course book has a linear progression, it means that _______________________
15. If a course book has a cyclical progression, it means that ______________________
2. A SHORT EVALUATION
Using the guidelines given for the pre-session tasks, write a short evaluation of the course book you chose (about 500 words).
3. ROLE PLAY
You have been asked by your Director of Studies to choose between two course books for a given class.
Decide which is better and why.
Make notes for each book using the COURSE BOOK EVALUATION CRITERIA.
Use two books which are designed for either elementary or intermediate level.
e.g. REWARD ELEMENTARY and NEW HEADWAY ELEMENTARY.
4. THE REPORT
Write a compare and contrast report for the director, outlining your reasons for choosing one book rather than the other.
Make it clear in which ways one book is lacking while the other is better.