Author pick from Sue Kay

Sue Kay introduces her favourite sections from Move, as well as providing some tips and her key teaching takeaways. Move the ideal course for use on short intensive courses, as well as on longer courses with fewer teaching hours.

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Sue Kay's Pick – Move Advanced,  Module 1  Section 1 - Behave!

This double-page lesson from Move Advanced ticks lots of boxes for me: it’s fun, the topic is engaging and although it’s a reading activity, there are plenty of speaking tasks too. These are all important ingredients for a short course book: students want to improve, above all, their speaking and understanding, so the more opportunities they have to communicate, the better.

Teaching takeaway

The topic of the reading lesson is universally recognisable – eccentrics exist all over the world, and the images accompanying the lesson show famous eccentrics of history. They immediately lend an international flavour, being from different countries around the world: Spain, Mexico and Germany.

Exercise 2 of the ’Lead-in’ is the all-important ‘hook’ – the question is intriguing: Are there more famous male eccentrics than female? Why would that be?

More reasons to read the text are in the form of true/false statements, discussed first. The personalised postreading task is fun and easy to do. Students tell their partner where they come on an imagined scale from conformity to individuality. There’s a lovely set of advanced-level adjectives contextualised in the text. The pronunciation and meaning are dealt with simply and efficiently, and then the students are asked to use them in a personalised way: Which adjectives apply to you?

Collocations from the text are then practised in one of my favourite activity types: students choose the correct collocate to complete sentences, which are then recycled as a personalised speaking task by replacing names in the sentences with names of people they know. Neat and effective!

Sue Kay, Move co-author

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