An introduction to the Slide show Presentation
Prepared by: Mohammed Tazir Hussain
Jazan University, PYP
Title: Channeling the Target Language: A contextual focus
As teachers, there's no way that we look beyond our imperfections. With every chance available, we scrutinize our methods of communication when it comes to teaching-learning process. My presentation aims at analyzing, discussing and simplifying various aspects of some of such questions and their results.
Many of us, as teachers, have a strong belief that we are the best communicators. And how do we reach such a conclusion? Well if you asked me a while ago, I'd have said, "Well, I speak clear and I echo my words/sentences and hence, my students understand me very well. To assure this, I can show you how my students nod their heads in agreement when I ask them questions like: 'Do you understand?' 'Is this clear?', 'Okay?' etc." But in practice, the answers to these explicit questions are not so easy. In fact, the implicit answers to these seemingly easy questions are truly baffling. In my presentation, I have tried to categorize these questions into prudent segments through the topics of ICQ and CCQ.
ICQ (Instruction Checking Questions) and CCQ (Concept Checking Questions) are two effective methods to ensure the understanding of the students when a teacher teaches a lesson. They testify the understanding of all relevant aspects of the target language and process them to the learners in a strategic way.
I tried to keep my presentation practical by citing examples from the prescribed books* for pre-intermediate students in Jazan University. I designed this presentation in MS PowerPoint 2010 using the extraordinary animation and slide-transition features which can be best viewed in the same version. I also utilized various other books, online resources, the in-hand experiences of my CELTA training sessions and above all, my practical teaching experiences in my presentation. A bibliography containing all the resources I used is acknowledged at the end of the slide show presentation.
I hope this presentation will inspire the teachers to include and use relevant and effective ICQs and CCQs in their teaching-learning methods.
*1. Azar, Betty Schrampfer and Stacy A. Hagen, Basic English Grammar, Third ed., Washington: Pearson Longman, 2006
2. Hartmann, Pamela, James Mentel and Ahmed Motala. Interactions Access Reading and Writing. UK: McGraw Hill, 2009