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Microsoft Word - Assignment 3 Ru
ic - Language Skills Related Tasks_Final.docx
Ru
ic for Assignment 3: Language skills related tasks
For this assignment, choose an authentic reading text to practise and develop your learners’
eading skills. Choose a text which is suitable for one of your teaching practice classes.
Design a receptive skills lesson and describe the procedure of your lesson in prose, including the
following information:
1. Say why you have chosen the text, comment on its suitability for use in the classroom and
say which level you would use it with. Submit a sourced copy of the text with your
assignment.

2. Design a lead-in, saying how you would raise your learners’ interest in the topic of the
text.
3. Design an initial reading task and state which sub-skill(s) it practises. Include the task
(with answers) on a separate handout.

4. Design a second reading task and state which sub-skill(s) it practises. Include the task
(with answers) on a separate handout.
5. Design one or two productive skills follow-up tasks (speaking or writing) which
capitalise on the interest generated by the text. Include the task(s) with your assignment.
6. Provide a rationale for doing each stage and task. Reference at least one
methodology text to support your ideas.
Assessment criteria
The assignment should be written in continuous prose, with clear headings and paragraphing.
Cam
idge ESOL specifies that for the Language skills related tasks assignment, successful
candidates can demonstrate their learning by:

• co
ectly using terminology that relates to skills and sub-skills
• relating task design to language skills practice
• finding, selecting and referencing information from one or more sources using written
language that is clear, accurate and appropriate to the task.
Word count: 750 – 1000 words


Microsoft Word - Guidelines for Assignment 3_Final.docx
Guidelines for Assignment 3: Language skills related tasks
The following document is a set of guidelines for Assignment 3. It should be read in conjunction
with the Assignment 3 Ru
ic as the guidelines will refer to different sections of the ru
ic. This
document is designed to help you prepare for the assignment, but if you have further questions,
contact your Online Course Tutor. There will also be an Assignment Forum where you can post
questions and comments.
Introduction
In this assignment you will select an authentic reading text and plan a lesson around it for
learners. As a practising teacher, you will often find it useful to use authentic texts to add variety
to your lessons and provide learners with exposure to a
oader range of text types. It also
prepares students to deal with texts they might need to understand outside class.

While reading these guidelines, you might find it useful to refer to the receptive skills lesson
procedure which was analysed in Helping Students Understand Texts: Reading and the information
about how to exploit texts in Authentic Materials.
You can use clear sections and headings for each stage, but you do not need to include a lesson
plan. Please submit a sourced copy of your text, and any worksheets for the two reading tasks
with your assignment. It is a good idea to include these documents in an appendix.
Section 1: Choosing your text

Authentic reading texts come from a number of sources, including books, magazines, newspapers,
and the Internet. In Authentic Materials, a
ochure about London was exploited to help develop
students’ reading skills. Other text types, such as recipes, jokes, poems and emails can also be
used to develop reading skills. It is important to bear in mind the needs and interests of your
learners when you are looking for a suitable text. Here are some useful questions to consider:

• is the language in the material suitable for your students’ level?
• is the material an appropriate length?
• would your students be interested in the topic?
• is it a text type which they might need to read outside class?

Section2: Lead-in

After you have chosen your text, you need to consider how you are going to raise your learners’
interest in the text. In The Learner First several ways of engaging students in topic and text were
explored. In the demo lesson of the boy and the bank, the learners were asked to look at a photo
of Oliver outside the bank and discuss what they thought the story was about. It would be useful
to refer back to the section on different types of lead-ins in The Learner First to help you design
this part of your lesson.


Section 3: Initial reading task

There is a range of initial reading tasks you can design for your students to help them gain a
general understanding of the text. In the demo lesson in Helping Students Understand Texts:
Reading, learners were asked to predict the content of the text about Oliver and the bank and then
ead to check their predictions. Other examples of initial reading tasks include asking students to
choose the most appropriate title for a text, or asking them an easy question, such as How do the
people in the text feel? Remember to state which reading sub-skills your tasks will practise, for
example, reading for a general understanding or reading for specific information.

Section 4: Second reading task

The second reading task should encourage learners to read the text more thoroughly. This might
involve reading for detail or interpreting opinions in the text. In Helping Students Understand
Texts: Reading this was done by learners ordering events in the story about Oliver and the bank.
For this task, you could write a series of questions, such as open comprehension questions,
multiple-choice or true/false questions. Ensure that your questions are worded in such a way that
they test your students’ reading ability. For example, if the text says Bob shot Jill, the question
Who shot Jill? will not test comprehension. Therefore, do not use exactly the same words or
phrases from the text in your questions.


Section 5: Productive skills follow-up activity

In this section of the assignment, you can design one or two productive follow-up tasks. In the
demo lesson about the boy and the bank in Helping Students Understand Texts: Reading,
Jacqueline asked learners to discuss their opinions on Oliver’s behaviour and whether they would
have acted in the same way. When you are designing your task(s) you can also choose to focus on
writing, for example, you could ask students to write a letter to one of the characters in the text.
Section 6: Rationale and references

According to the assessment criteria for the Language skills related tasks assignment, candidates
need to demonstrate their learning by finding, selecting and referencing information from one or
more sources. Therefore, it is important to reference at least one methodology text to support
your ideas. You can use the book(s) that were recommended in the Pre-Course Task. Be sure to
include the author, year of publication and page number when quoting directly. Below is an
example of how to refer to reference books in the body of your assignment:

The article will enable the students to practise their reading skills. In order to do this it is important to
engage and motivate the students in the subject area. As Riddell explains “… ……………” (Riddell, 2003:64).
I would do this through the use of realia, e.g. fast food snacks and pictures to elicit which foods are healthy
and unhealthy and ask the students what types of snacks they like to eat.


Assignment checklist

It is sometimes necessary to resubmit assignments, often because parts of the ru
ic have been
omitted or the criteria have not been met. In fact, re-doing the assignment can be a useful part of
the learning process. However, some common mistakes can easily be avoided, and the list below
shows the main reasons why candidates have to resubmit Assignment 3:

• the text is too easy or difficult for the level
• the topic of the text is culturally inappropriate for the group of learners
• the text has not been sourced
• only one reading task is described and submitted
• one of the reading tasks focuses on lexis or grammar rather than a developing a reading
sub-skill
• the reading task does not practise the sub-skill identified, e.g. an initial reading task which
aims to practise reading for an overall understanding asks students to read the text for
specific information
• a copy of each worksheet to be used in class (with answers) is not submitted
• no productive follow-up task is submitted
• reference books which have been consulted are not sourced.
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Solution

Azra S answered on May 10 2020
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Reading text- The ocean is a strange place after dark
Context
I have selected the article 'The ocean is a strange place after dark' published on BBC website, to use as an authentic reading text exercise for intermediate level students (Douglass, 2017). The reason I chose this article as a reading text is that it is written in a standard yet easy to understand style. In addition, it is informative as well. Since it is an article published on BBC, it would be extremely useful to students in developing reading skills outside of class. Even though the vocabulary is a bit scientific, the explanations underlying it along with the images used in the article make it a very understandable and interesting text. The topic itself is one of general interest and the students are likely to get drawn by the images into wanting to know more about them
Pre-reading Activity
In order to raise my student's interest, I have decided to show them the images within the article before starting the reading segment. I would then ask them to have an open discussion on what they think the article is about and what they can understand from the pictures. As the topic is general and the pictures quite deceptive, the students will be able to relate to the ocean and night time theme of the article.
Reading Task 1
The initial reading task would be to go through the article and get a general idea about the topic and what it's trying to say. Having seen the pictures beforehand, students will have some background about what they are going to read. Once they have read through it initially, they will be tasked with a written assignment to show what they understood from the article. A general idea is all that is demanded. The students should be able to tell that the article is talking about the wonders of the ocean that are visible only at night.
Reading Task 2
In the second reading phase, the students are...
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