Coursebooks and materials - Worksheets and workcards

 

Next, a couple of issues surrounding the use of worksheets and workcards. Firstly, these types of materials can either be bought or they could be made by yourself. Very often many of the book series that we use will have workcards in their teacher resource book. Worksheets and workcards are very useful because they can act as a prompt to introduce an activity or topic. They can also be used for role plays and one of the things you need to be aware of when making worksheets and workcards yourself is that you need to make them durable. So whenever you create a workcard, if you put it on some hard backing and then put it inside some cellophane or covered plastic just to make them durable then those types of workcards and worksheets can last for years. So examples of worksheets and workcards we may have in our teachers resource book is quite possible that we may have some worksheets actually given inside there and workcards that we can use as activity sheets and things like games. This is an example of snakes and ladders that we can use with our students to create language. So worksheets and workcards are very very useful.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

In this unit I learned what auxiliary modal verbs are, what they imply and how to use them in a sentence. The modals are can, could, may, might, will, would, should, need to, have to, must, ought to, have got to. They can express different meanings such as obligation, ability, advice, permission, prohibition, possibility, offer, prediction, promise, request. Generally the same modal verb can express different ideas according to a context (?I must see a doctor with this? ? obligation; ?She is not here, she must be at home? ? prediction). Modal verbs are followed by a main verb in its base form. Some auxiliary verbs can be used in future tense and some of them not. Different modal verbs can also be used to express different level of politeness, worry, to express more or less strong feelings etc. Also in this unit I learned how to use the active and the passive voice in a sentence. In the active voice a focus is on the subject while in the passive voice the focus is on the object. Sentence in the active voice can be changed to the passive voice by changing places of a subject and an object and applying to a main verb the following construction: auxiliary verb ?be? + past participle. The passive voice is used when a subject is not known or it?s not important who /what the subject is; when changing focus from a subject to an object. The next grammar point that I learned from this unit is clauses. There are three types of clauses: independent clause (a complete sentence), dependent clause (not a complete sentence, it?s connected to an independent clause) and relative clause. A relative clause can contain a relative pronoun: who, which, whom, that, whose etc. There are two types of relative clauses: defying and non-defying. Defying relative clause contains essential information that helps to understand the meaning of a full sentence while information in a non-defying relative clause is not important and can be omitted. Phrasal verbs consist of a verb plus one or two particles. There are three basic types of phrasal verbs: intransitive (they can?t be followed by an object); transitive separable (an object can come between the verb and a particle); transitive inseparable (an object comes only after the particle).


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