What is The Pros and Cons?
- It’s a workbook to be used in:
- Large classes, like English Corners.
- Teacher-led conversation classes.
- Student-led conversation classes.
- 1-to-1 teacher-student conversation classes.
- It’s task-based learning.
- Aimed at building fluency.
- Critical thinking.
- It’s meant to be used by:
- Adult students
- University students
- Lower-intermediate to advanced students (CEFR B2+, IELTS 5.0+, TOEFL 87+)
- Minimal preparation is needed. In most cases, you can spend 5-10 minutes looking over the unit, and you’ll have a solid grasp of what to do.
- A section is included at the beginning of the book to give you a general idea of how to go about each section in the units.
- Your TTT will be driven down significantly.
- Each unit can be adjusted to fit a 1-hour or a 2-hour class.
- This means that if you do one class a week with your students, you have enough material for either 6 months, or a year.
- The workbook can be used with large groups, small groups and 1-to-1 classes.
- The use of vibrant images from Pexels.com means that vocabulary and activities are easier to explain.
- The back of the workbook contains a vocabulary bank of potentially problematic words in each unit. This allows the teacher to assign these as a preview task before class. This further drives down TTT.
- Collaborative activities mean that students will spend a significant amount of time working together. This frees up the teacher to circulate, and give feedback.
- Useful tips are provided to the teacher to help maximize his or her efficacy in class with this workbook.
- STT is greatly increased using this workbook
- Students use the language to complete various tasks together, which means they build English fluency in a more natural way.
- Students are challenged to think critically.
- Students will learn to be more flexible in their thinking. Flexibility in thinking aids with flexibility in language.
- In many ESL classes, students continuously talk about shopping, food, weather and travel. This leads to boredom. This workbook introduces topics that are relevant to real-life, as well as topics that may be a bit more fantastical. Interested students are engaged students.
- As students more to higher levels, the focus is less about grammar and more about naturalization. This workbook lends itself to that, as it focuses on lower-intermediate to advanced levels.
- The workbook is so easy to use, that students can create study groups by themselves, and not even need a teacher to lead them.
- Statistics in each unit allow the students to potentially change their views of the world.
- Fluency tips are included to help students learn new habits to build better fluency.
- Useful tips are provided to the students to help them continue to maximize their fluency-building outside of class.