TASK 1 – Essay

Imagine the following class situation:
You have been assigned a class of high-school aged children at the intermediate level of English. Using one of the textbook evaluation checklists from Chapter 5, choose a textbook that you would use for this class.

Previews of textbooks can be found on publisher website such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Cengage/NGL and online stores such as Amazon and Google books. Visiting your local library or bookstore is also a great way to preview a book without needing to purchase the book. The purpose of this task is not to find the best book, but rather to choose an appropriate book and be able to evaluate its usefulness within the class and think about how one would incorporate it within the classroom.

You can choose a reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar or a mixed-skills textbook. Make sure to:
• Write learning objectives and a brief description of the class.
• Explain how this book would help meet the objectives and how you would incorporate it into your class.
• Explain how this textbook meets the criteria of the evaluation checklist you selected.
• Write at least 400 words.

TASK 2 – Syllabus

For the same class from Task 1 write a portion of a syllabus which addresses classroom expectations and rules that you would give to your students (you do not need to include a calendar of assignments). Write a brief rationale for your choices. Make sure to:
• Identify potential issues related to their age group.
• Be sure the language in your expectations and rules is appropriate to the level.
• Use specific concepts from the reading and explain why they are important in your rationale.

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Chapter 10 Tasks

Coursebook Evaluation: Make Your Point!: Debate for ESL/EFL Students By Michael H. Lubetsky (Tuttle Publishing, 2007)
Target population: High school Intermediate ESL/EFL students.

Coursebook: This book is designed to introduce English language learners to the principles of formal debate. The book is divided into 10 sections which explore topics such as: “What is Debate?”, Various types of debate skills (First Affirmative Constructive, First Negative Constructive, Holistic Reasoning, Rebuttals), and Speaking Style. Each section/chapter has two focus sections: Debate Focus and Language Focus, where specific objectives and skill sets are identified.
The book also includes several-fill-in-the blank independent exercises, drawn illustrations, class discussion questions, and tools to help students outline and plan their debate topics. There is also instructions on how to download the audio supplement.

Objectives: This coursebook...

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