“Not all who wander are lost”. J R R Tolkien
This was a 12-week syllabus that I negotiated with my learners in February 12th 2014 and ran until June 11th 2014.
To be honest I was absolutely exhausted after putting so much effort into the first syllabus, planning all the lessons, writing a blog every week and collecting feedback – it was a lot of work! So syllabus 2 could have been better, primarily for this reason. But the first syllabus was a real intensive course in planning and executing lessons and an entire syllabus without using a coursebook and I think my teaching really improved. I learnt a hell of a lot and the feedback from learners was great, so I’m still glad I did it.
In syllabus 2, we also fell back on using some coursebook lessons, as it just made planning easier. I picked up some new teaching contracts at this time which I knew would take up a lot of my time so I knew I wouldn’t have as much time for planning this time round. But there’s only 8 activities taken from a coursebook (Advanced Business Result), and the learners chose these themselves.
To my surprise, with this syllabus almost all the participants left during the course and were replaced by a whole new group of learners. The joys of working at a startup! So after 10 weeks we decided to organise a totally new syllabus. It isn’t really fair to ask a new group of learners to do a syllabus decided by a completely different group of people.
You can download the syllabus here.
|0||Evaluation Syllabus 1Plan syllabus 2Reading on ‘Fairnopoly/ startups in Berlin’’||homework – prepare brief report on one startup|
|1||Small Talk – Socialising in English‘The Onion’ news videos+discussion|
|2||Twitter ‘The Economist’Introducing Yourself (1)Reported Speech|
|3||Teamwork – NegotiatingDealing with conflictCase study (5)|
|4||LeadershipDepersonalising using the Passive|
|5||Managing discussions (2)Performance: Using questions (8)|
|7||Expressing dissatisfaction (7)Taking part in a teleconference (7)|
|8||Case study (3) Planning Office SpaceShowing Understanding (3)|
|9||Read (at home) and discuss articles from around the worldSpoken grammar – how NS really speakFamous short stories/ discussion|
|10||Intercultural awarenessGrammar – small bits of grammar combined w/ discussion|
|11||Practically speaking: Dealing with misunderstanding|
|12||Discussion: Interns/ The future of workTopics of the week/ discussionEvaluation|