Blended Learning - A sample 'Teacher's Brief'
At regular intervals, the teacher receives the 'teacher's brief' by e-mail: a printable, up-to-date, synthesis of a student's lesson plan consisting of:
- Suggestions of the day : an assortment of recently covered points which should be reviewed in priority
- Requests : Specific student requests for review,
- Recurrent and recent errors
- Texts and audios from previous lessons (audios can be heard by telephone at any time)
A sample Teacher's Brief
Subject : Your Teacher's Brief For SuperStudent - Next course on Sept 14th
From : The Gymglish Team
To : Mr English Teacher
Hello Mr Teacher, here is this week's Gymglish Teacher's Brief.
Have a look at our menu and see if there's anything that takes your fancy.
Student in this course is SuperStudent.
The most popular starter as voted by your students is
In the wild (VOCAB)
The dish of the day is the text
Introductions (Day 8) scene 1 (see appendix for full text)
The chef's choice for this week is the common error
Fore (golf) (VOCAB)
Still peckish? Have a look at our "à la carte" menu...
A selection of recent requests
|In the wild||VOCAB||Error|
|To be survived by somebody||VOCAB||Request|
|The passive voice||GRAM||Request|
|The present perfect tense||GRAM||Request|
A selection of recent texts and audios
|Introductions (Day 8) scene 1||TEXT||Request|
|To Kill a Texas Mountain Bear: Susan comes to the rescue of Harold Warbuckle scene 1||TEXT||Comprehension error|
To listen to the audio file, dial the Gymglish audio server and enter the code.
A selection of recent errors:
|One of a kind||VOCAB|
|Appreciate your business||VOCAB|
|Open for business||VOCAB|
|Forming the 'perfect' tenses with the auxiliary 'have'||GRAM|
The following comments have been made:
In the exercice below:
Kevin says to Harold Warbuckle, 'I understand you enjoy golfing.'
What does this expression mean?
Could we have written :
' I know why you like playing golf' instead of 'I know why you like to play golf'
'I heard that you like playing golf ' instead of 'I heard that you like to play golf'
Is it the same meaning or is there a difference?
Your business is greatly appreciated here at Warbuckle's. Les magasins Warbuckle vous remercient de votre fidélité.
4:20 PM - Polly and Harold continue the tour of the Delavigne offices.
Polly : If you follow me, sir, you will meet two of the most important members of the Delavigne team. First, we have Kevin Connors, our production manager. Connors works with our subcontractors overseas, particularly in Asia. He is in contact with all our factory and plant managers. Kevin purchases supplies ranging from glass bottles to seaweed, which we use in the manufacturing process. Kevin loves to travel, but only in first class. In fact, he is on his way to Central America next week, to look into some promising opportunities there.
Kevin : Mister Warbuckle, it's wonderful to meet you at last. I understand you enjoy golfing. I just played an incredible course in Golden Gate Park, you might want to check it out.
Harold : I'll give it a try. What's your handicap?
Kevin : I have flat feet.
Harold : Excuse me?
Kevin : Oh, my handicap in golf! I'm a 15.
Polly : Let's keep moving, Mr. Warbuckle. We still have a lot to see...
What does this expression mean?
* I know why you like to play golf
* I am filled with joy when I play golf
* I'm familiar with the game of golf
To Kill a Texas Mountain Bear: Susan comes to the rescue of Harold Warbuckle scene 1
by Margaret Penman, Editor-in-Chief
World-renowned Department Store mogul Harold P. Warbuckle was arrested yesterday in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas on suspicion of illegally hunting bears on the property surrounding his 50-acre ranch and estate. Warbuckle, president and CEO of an international department store chain, has always been known for his passion for hunting and guns. The retail magnate was detained and jailed early yesterday morning after park ranger Ernest Marshall discovered a shotgun shell lodged in the hindquarters of a bear cub near Warbuckle's ranch. Marshall was doing his daily sweep of Amarillo's natural wildlife preserve, which borders Warbuckle's ranch on three sides. Warbuckle was released after posting the quarter million dollar bail assessed by judge Wanda Killjoy. He refused to comment on his case after leaving the courthouse early this morning accompanied by his team of lawyers and his loyal hound dog 'Hooch'.
This case is of interest not only to animal rights activists and bear lovers, but also to financial analysts and investors. The backlash from Warbuckle's arrest could have financial implications not only for Warbuckle's Department Stores, but for his business partners as well. Warbuckle has significant retail contracts with many large businesses, notably with the San Francisco-based cosmetic manufacturer the Delavigne Corporation.
The Texas Mountain bear is on the endangered species list, with fewer than 100 bears in the wild today. The bear shot by Warbuckle, affectionately known as 'Cinnamon' by the veterinarians supervising its recovery, is in stable condition at the Amarillo Valley Bear Clinic.