Introduction The Series Resources Grammar Self-Check Philosophy and Approaches
Top Notch Top Notch is a six-level course specific for young adults and adults. But what is Top Notch TV? Its a component of the regular course book, to be taught together with the regular course or apart.
The authors philosophy.
Student Book ( Text book only) Teachers Guide (Tv Notch Regular Course) Teachers Resource Disk (TRD) Web Site Video Worksheets and Teaching Notes Top Notch Resources
teach the unit patters? Teachers Guide and Pair Words CardsPair Words Cards from TRD teach the new vocabulary Students Book and Vocabulary CardsVocabulary Cards from TRD In addition check on the teachers guide (Culture Notes, Language Notes and Corpus Notes) to comment on any related cultural aspects. teach new grammar points - Teachers guide and Grammar Self-check from TRD Which resources are used to
The Grammar Self-Checks encourage students to take a close look at the grammar structures taught in the Students Book lessons and discover the underlying grammar rules for themselves. They can be used in two ways. If you prefer an inductive grammar approach, use them as alternative to presenting the grammar charts in the Students Book. If you prefer a more deductive approach, use them to confirm understanding of the grammar point after presenting the grammar charts in the Students Book. Grammar Self-Checks
A Grammar Self-Check activity consists of two parts: (1) example sentences containing the grammar structure for students to study and (2) a follow-up completion activity (Figure It Out) focusing on the relevant grammar rules. The grammar rules in Figure It Out are carefully worded so that students can complete them by studying the examples in the grammar box.
Top Notch Fundamentals - Contents 1.Names and Occupations 2.Relationships 3.Directions and Transportation 4.People 5.Events and Times 6.Clothes 7.Home and Work Checkpoint Units 1-7 8. Activities 9. Weather and Ongoing Activities 10.Food 11.Past Events 12.Appearance and Health 13.Abilities and Requests 14.Past, Present, and Future Plans Checkpoint Units 8-14
Conversation Pair Work, page 5 Practice the conversation and vocabulary with a partner. Use your own words. A: What do you do? B: A: Im ______. Top Notch Fundamentals, Unit 1, page 5 Copyright 2006 by Pearson Education. Permission granted to reproduce for classroom use.
Look at these contractions. Contractions I am Im He isHes She is Shes FIGURE IT OUT... Answer these questions. 1. Whats the contraction of You are? __________ 2. Whats the contraction of It is? ___________
The philosophy applied to the material is to provide students: Multiple exposures to new language and numerous opportunities to practice it in an intensive and systematic recycling. Philosophy and Approaches
All these purposes are achieved by following blocks: Observation - students need to observe the language they're learning - they al least need to see and to hear it. Explanation - again students need know how things work. Integration - they need the new language integrated in several contexts to make it memorable. Multiplication - They need to encounter the new language many times. Application - Students need to use the new language in controlled as well in free communication. Confirmation - finally students to confirm progress, to see for themselves all the language they have learned. That keeps them motivated to learn more.
When teaching Top Notch TV first students see and repeat the new vocabulary and are introduced the new modules (patterns) and this is observation. To give the students a chance to have these new elements together in a contest we present the video for the first time. It's important to prepare listening activities for students recognize some of this new language.
The next step is to provide students the chance to practice the new language integrated with new grammar point and multiple activities. Following is the students' opportunity to confirm all these elements: vocabulary, grammar and modules integrated in a natural conversation. Students can check their progress by doing the listening activities as well as practicing questions and answers and pair work activities based on the video presentation.
Videos clips are presented in two different segments: Sitcom (situation comedy) and On-the-Street Interviews (unrehearsed interviews). Basically these two videos segments work as part A and B of a unit. Differently from the regular course the video program does not have a systematic layout of activities.