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MATERIALS DESIGN FOR FACE TO FACE ENVIRONMENTS

INTERMEDIATE TASK UNIT 1

DANIEL ELEAZAR TORRES RODRGUEZ


GROUP: 8

TUTOR: ASTRID CAROLINA SASTOQUE

OPEN AND DISTANCE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
BA IN ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
CCUTA

2015
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Lexical
Approach

Approaches

Silent Way

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Is conceived as a
student-centered

Is

method

in

which language is
perceived

as

system divided into


meaning

chunks

that one by one will


create
Short Definition

fully

functional
language. Students
are

aimed

to

identify patterns of
language
(grammar)
combine

and
them

produce

to
new

content

method,

teachers

The teacher mixes

dont act directively

silent and gesturing

and

present

to focus students everything playfully


attention

and

let

them work on the


language

so

students

learn

enjoying

by karaoke

themselves,

the

game

or

theater

scene.

tools

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silence

maintain
and

session,

teacher uses color


to

can

modifies

all

encourage students

interactive

objects

to

such

objects

self-express

as

which is one of the

organization,

wall

main targets of this

colors,

and

method.

didactical resources
and so on, to be
suggestive

for

student to learn.
Materials Used

Illustration books Basically teachers


Slides
and
use
colored

presentations
Cuisenaire rods
Mind, mental and
(wood squared
concept maps
sticks
with
Video
different colors
presentations
Software
such
Duolingo
Posters,

aids

and length)

Word charts
as
Fidel charts (used
for spelling, are

Puppets
Compact discs
Customs
Music players,
Colors, crayons
Clay
Illustration
books
Puzzles, games
Geometrical
figures

vertical lists of
sounds
lyrics)

and
Sound And everything that
charts can be useful to

brochures, study

color

cards and so on

(colored blocks enhance

students

with a previous affinity to a specific


defined
used

sound, content
for

pronunciation).

Essay

Didactical materials are one of the basic elements in language teaching


process, the teacher must pay special attention to every element he will use on
his class to help contents and students to achieve their purpose.
However, material design must follow some specific teaching approach to
accomplish some specific language need in a proper way previously designed
by teachers, its very important that both content and teaching process follow
the same theoretical line regarding learning processes, this is because if
contents are targeted in one way but all other elements involved in the teaching
process follow a different path, learning itself can become a puzzle instead a
directed process.
Its not that a specific approach or technique must be followed to get success
in the process, but to follow the same path, or at least, concordant paths when
directing students minds into one concept. If very opposite approaches meet in
one class it can lead to a disaster when analyzing students affective filter
regarding comfortability with contents and their perception of comprehensible
input.
This last is very important because students need to be well aware that input
they are receiving follows some pattern, almost all different approaches of
language teaching and learning have their own point of view about any topic we
can imagine, its very important to understand that students mental map of
concepts in english and almost any assignature is completely controlled by
teachers in our educational system where teacher/student roles are basically
based on a traditional method (magisterial classes).
Thats why teachers need to be aware of what are they looking for every time
they expose their students to a specific language learning material so they can
determine which approach is the best to explain the concepts to their specific
educative community, by having into account their learning styles, previous
knowledge, language learning needs, and so on; effectiveness of contents will
be highly determined by a correct approach choice in the elaboration process
by teachers, institutions or any directive entity.