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Saturday 4:45 - 5:35 PM
Orchid
Lesson Planning: Making the Most with What You’ve Got
Kevin Smyth, Kyungil University, Korea

 Conference presentations sometimes seem to neglect the reality that most teachers in  Asia face in the classroom.  Therefore, we often go home feeling that a good idea simply  won't work in our class because of the limitations we’re working under. These realities are  large classes, students of differing levels, a prescribed textbook and photocopying  restrictions, among others.  This session sets out to offer some ideas for making the best of such situations. The session’s first half deals with manipulating the textbook to be more interesting. There are ways we can use a textbook to accommodate low and high level students simultaneously.  We'll discuss a typical textbook (or two) and try manipulating tasks to accommodate our limited circumstances. The second half of the session puts this into action.  We'll do a simple lesson in Korean, accommodating both people who
know no Korean and fluent speakers.  Then we'll reflect on that, drawing out some organizational principles that allow us to handle such classroom realities.