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Teaching/ Coursebooks:

We have been working with the American Headway series which is a suitable 4-skill coursebook for Europe.

The big advantage of you all using the same series is that you can share textbooks with your colleagues in case the actual level of your students is a bit higher/lower that you have expected.

Remember also that it is not necessary to start with lesson one, you can start in the middle of your coursebook if it suits your students' needs better.

For each level, there are several books to use:

Students' book (SB)BRING with you – this is the book you will use in class with your students. It sometimes contains a CD-ROM for students to use at home for extra practice.

Class Audio CDsBRING with you – these CDs contain recordings referred to in SB.

Teacher's book (TB)optional – this book gives you pedagogical hints on how to teach the units, what extra materials to include, it has all the keys, etc.

Workbook (WB)optional – this book has useful exercises for students to do for homewok.

Resource book (RB)optional – for each unit, this book offers several extra activities (often more fun/communicative based) that can be used as warm-up (to review previous class) or as a filler.

Test bookoptional – there are two sets of tests for each level to.

Please, study your SB in detail, i.e. the topics in different skills, sequence of the topics, types of materials, etc. to come to Wroclaw with a clear and reliable understanding of what is in your coursebook.

A mock lesson will be taught by me on the second day of Orientation to show you how to teach a lesson from this coursebook and how to coordinate all of the different resources.

Extra Materials:

Feel free to incorporate basic business/financial/legal/IT English if you want.  Videos/songs/film segments are also welcome by the students, however they should have a pedagogical component to them, i.e. questions before you watch/while you’re watching/after your watch.

It’s a good idea to collect newspaper/on-line materials which would go well with the topics suggested by your coursebook, or which you choose to use in class. For each item, think of guiding questions you might ask your students: e.g. if you decide to discuss the topic of “happiness” – sample guiding questions might include Can we buy happiness? Are wealthier people happier than the poor ones? Is happiness genetically coded? Bhutan – Ministry of national happiness/Gross National Happiness – is it a good idea? Is happiness measurable?  Is the concept of happiness a national/cultural commodity? Are we too spoilt by good life to be happy? Did people 200 years ago see happiness the same way we do? Do women see happiness in different areas than men? Is the sense of happiness age related? Is too much happiness harmful? Is happiness contagious?, etc.

If you prepare/research/organize in advance a few guiding questions to go with each article you plan on using, it will save you a lot of time in lesson planning.

Polish students are very interested in discussing real-life (e.g. jobs, salaries, housing, rents, social dos & don’ts, free time activities, safety, social security, health & other insurances) or current issues, not so much in touristy, brochure-type stereotypical info. As per topics this year, I would think the students might be interested in Trump & the US internally and abroad, change in US-EU relationship, Brexit & changes in Europe,  fake news & disinformation (Facebook/Cambridge Analytica – impact on the election in the US and Europe), terrorism in Europe, guns in US schools, various social/environmental issues, etc.