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ERIC Number: ED314933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
A Comprehensible Input Sequence for ESL.
Pino, Barbara Gonzalez
The concept of comprehensible input in second language learning is applied to the teaching of English as a Second Language. Techniques for teacher adaptation of materials and classroom presentation are outlined. The first step is assembly of topic-appropriate pictures and the production of simple third-person statements to accompany them. Leisure is the theme used here for illustration. With the introduction of pictures and statements, the teacher can begin the process of checking input comprehension, using questions for three purposes: comprehension check, recall, and extension. For further use of the same material, the teacher can change to first- and second-person questions and statements, a technique that personalizes and extends the approach. Total physical response activities can be integrated into this comprehensible input sequence, with students acting out commands. At this point, the teacher can vary the process by moving from the pictures and students to charts, asking yes/no questions, introducing a true/false listening activity, and/or using a multiple-choice listening activity based on the chart's content. The teacher can prepare brief passages about the activities of selected characters for use in a scanning activity. Additional applications for developing all language skills and for student testing and grading are suggested. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A