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This practical guide provides teachers with a range of practical strategies that can be used to motivate pupils of all ages, especially boys. Amanda Barton shows how learning languages can be transformed into a fun and exciting activity with the use of such simple aids as business cards, jokes, comics and red and yellow cards. Many teachers are particularly concerned with the problem of underachieving boys, and specific strategies to address this issue are provided in chapters 2 and 4. Brimming with useful tips and inspirational advice on every aspect of modern language teaching, this book will prove essential reading for every modern language teacher.
About The Author
Dr Amanda Barton is Lecturer in Education and Director of PGCE Modern Foreign Languages at the . She regularly runs in-service training workshops for modern language teachers.
Table of Contents
Why don't the buggers love languages?
Tackling prejudice through language awareness
Will boys really be boys?
A cool subject or a girls? subject
Using languages and making them relevant
Explaining the aims
Which languages are best?
Boys? learning styles
How do boys see speaking?
Create more speaking opportunities
Group- and pair work v teacher-led question and answer sessions
Confidence-building exercises v accuracy
Making speaking a means to an end
Problems and solutions
The difficulty of listening
Making listening purposeful
?Hands-on? listening tasks
Training listening skills
Listening to each other
Focus on pronunciation
Giving pupils control
Do boys read?
Making reading (inter)active
Training reading skills
Presenting the written word for the first time
Reading for pleasure
Tasks presented as a challenge Listening to the teacher
The problem with writing
Handwriting and spelling
Making bridges with English
Visuals and drama
Finding an audience
Writing independendy or avoiding ?Copiez les mots?
The teaching and learning environment
Pupils? responses to being taught in single-sex groups
Reasons for disliking single-sex groups
The sex of the teacher
The effects of single-sex grouping on pupils? attitudes to modern foreign languages
Teachers? perceptions of girls? performance in single-sex groups
Teachers? perceptions of boys? performance in single-sex groups
What are the potential advantages of teaching single-sex groups?
Which other factors affect pupils? performance?
Looking to the future