I’ve just planned one of my lessons, for next Wednesday. And I’ve thought about what grammar patterns my students need to practice more, and about their growing communicative competence.
I presume that it’s sound to assess the class-group globally and infer what they need to practice more. I would say there are two strong points about my lessons: I have to make my students practice grammar points and they need a lot of discussion in English, our common target language.
When I discuss with them I assume that the main goal is to set that communication in English, though they may make some mistakes or errors. The main point is communication. And I think that with practicing grammar patterns they will be more able to communicate in English: they’ll have more weapons to talk in that tongue.
Besides they’re eager to participate and thus some chances for communication show up, which is so positive! Also I wonder if they’ll be able to polish their grammar mistakes and errors, and up to what extent? They’re grown-ups and have their minds very much “made”, but I’d like to win the battle of grammar: the aim is to commit fewer mistakes and errors.
Moreover and on top of that next Wednesday we will discuss if they’re coming the following Monday: Tuesday is a work feast and we don’t have classes, but are they coming on Monday or otherwise making a long weekend? We’ve got to talk about that point… in English and only in English. Let’s make for it! / Photo from: African Screens Wallpapers Nairobi Dusk. Did you think there would not be tall buildings in Africa?