The ESA Methodology of Teaching - Patchwork ESA Lesson


A final example is going to be an example of a patchwork ESA lesson and remember we said the form of this particular lesson will start with and engage always and will finish with and activate and there'll be some variation of E, S and A within the brackets here. So we're going to generate our patchwork ESA lesson as follows. Starting with the engage, the students are going to look at holiday photos and talk about what they like and don't like from what they see. From that, we're going to move directly into an activate phase and what the students are going to do is to make comments about holiday brochures and try to act out a role-play between the travel agent and a customer. Again, as this is taking place, the teacher will be moving around and looking for gaps in knowledge in terms of their vocabulary and their grammar and these things are then going to be covered in the first study activity. So in the board work phase of this study activity, the teacher will cover any gaps in knowledge indicated by that first activate activity. What the students are then going to do is to move into a second activate and here, they're going to use the information from the study activity and they're going to try to create their own travel brochures. Again, once the students have created that travel brochure, we're going to move into the next phase, which is going to be another engage, this time about a slightly different topic. So, this time the students are going to be asked what they like about particular radio or TV adverts. So we'll get the students to tell us which particular adverts they like and why, which ones they find amusing, which ones generate their interest and from this, we?ll move into another study phase where the teacher is going to cover the types of language that is generated by those types of advert. What we're going to do to finish the lesson off, is a final activate activity, where hopefully we're going to bring everything that we covered so far in the lesson together and the students are going to create their own TV advert and their then going to present that to the rest of the class.

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I learnt how to apply the ESA delivering my lessons relating to vocabulary, structure and language functions. I can use the boomerang, the patchwork and the straight arrow lessons interchangeably. Also, I learnt the most important points I need to explain to my students about the grammar, vocabulary and language functions. For example, the meaning, usage, formats and patterns.This unit was really helpful in helping to learn how to keep lessons engaging, interactive, and varied. Learning about the patchwork ESA form, and how as long as the lesson begins with engaging the students and activating their language, engaging, studying and activating can occur multiple times within one lesson to help students use language they know and retain new language.