Learning and Language Acquisition specialist Sara Davila is one of the foremost experts on the Global Scale of English. She has been sharing her top ten uses of the GSE Teacher Toolkit for language teachers – and today’s article is a rundown of her top ten ways to use the GSE in your English classes.
The GSE Teacher Toolkit is a great tool for English teachers. It can add interest to your lessons, save you time planning and help you identify your learners’ needs. But with so many resources, it can be difficult to know where to start. So, here’s a rundown of the top ten ways to use the toolkit:
1.Teaching mixed-ability classes
Mixed ability classes can be challenging to teach – and that’s why the toolkit can be such a useful resource for teachers. This blog will show you how to differentiate your teaching process to support learners of different levels with a detailed lesson plan, using a worksheet from the toolkit.
2. Performance assessment
This post is full of practical advice for assessing your students’ performance in class. It shows you how to use the toolkit for an insight into the gaps in your students’ skills. You’ll see how to create personalized classroom rubrics to help measure learning performance.
3. Planning for progress
Progression can seem to slow down for learners as their language skills advance. So how can teachers help students to stay on track? This article will show you how to plan for progress. You can use the toolkit to frame your learners’ journey with entrance and exit planning. They’ll make demonstrable progress and stay motivated.
4. Teaching integrated skills
We often think about reading, writing, speaking and listening as separate competencies. However, our language classes often focus on teaching more than one skill at a time.
Using language skills in a combination is key for learners to successfully use English outside the classroom. By planning to teach integrated skills, we can really push our learners’ progress. This blog will show you how to integrate skills with the toolkit.
5. Helping your learners set SMART goals
SMART goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. They are an important way to measure progress and motivate your learners. So, how can you help your students develop their own SMART goals? The teacher toolkit is an ideal resource. This post will show you exactly how the toolkit can help your class define their learning goals.
6. Targeting the right learning zone
The zone of proximal development is the stage where learners can do something with support. Then, with your guidance and careful lesson planning, they’ll learn to do it on their own. The toolkit can help you to make sure that your lessons are in the right learning zone. Your students will be challenged – but not overwhelmed! This article will show you how to use the toolkit to understand your students’ target learning zone.
7. Planning a communicative grammar lesson
This blog will take you through planning a communicative grammar lesson. There’s a step-by-step guide to using the toolkit to choose your grammar point, select a learning objective and align it to a productive skill. You’ll find that planning a grammar lesson has never felt more effortless!
8. Taking on the vocabulary list
The GSE Teacher Toolkit vocabulary database contains thousands of words, collections and phrases. You can find almost anything you want to teach in a vocabulary-based lesson. This post will teach you how to filter the database and build a customized list to meet your learners’ needs.
9. Lesson planning inspiration
In this blog post, you’ll see how to add excitement to your lesson plans, while still helping your learners to make meaningful progress. You’ll learn how to identify concepts that students have mastered and areas that still need work. Then, you’ll use the toolkit to get inspired and develop a lesson plan.
10. Teaching with a standardized curriculum
It can be a balancing act teaching within a standardized system, while still finding time to teach the specific skills that your learners need. The Teacher Toolkit can help you make sure that each student receives a learning experience that is personalized and relevant. This article will show you how to use the toolkit to identify the skills and subskills related to specific learning objectives. Find out more about how the Toolkit will allow you to work towards larger curriculum goals while still supporting learners each step of the way:
Read more about the Global Scale of English. If you want to learn more about using the GSE Teacher Toolkit, you can watch this webinar on how the toolkit can support your lessons. And of course, we want to hear about your favorite use of the toolkit! Let us know in the comments.