Stone Fox - English Workbook
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The exercises in this workbook are keyed to the reader, “STONE FOX”, which is available separately.
In this new workbook accompanying the reader, STONE FOX, the exercises are divided into two sections.
The first of these you may well recognise if you know any of the English readers in the series Materials for Language Teaching .... These exercises are text-centred and called Understanding, Speaking and Writing.
In the second section, Grammar Skills, I have provided exercises to cover the basic grammar normally worked on at this level. These too are keyed as far as possible to the text of the reader.
Obviously this division is in large part arbitrary, as the presence of exercises on tense-changing in Part 1 makes clear. What could we understand, speak or write without grammar?
Still, it would be fair to see a difference of emphasis in the two sections, and I hope the separation may prove useful in classroom practice, giving teachers the chance to concentrate on different grammar topics as needed, partly independent of the main reader work, while still linked to it.
Titel: Stone Fox - English Workbook
For twenty years, many ‘Edition Waldorf’ readers have come with exercises included.
Why change to workbooks now?
A natural next step?
Space and cost limit the number of exercises that can be included in a normal reader.
The format also limits the types of exercise we can offer.
The separate book means, for example, that there is now space enough to cover basic grammar too, still keyed, as far as possible, to the reader text.
The larger page size of A4 makes it easier to structure the material visibly. And the format makes it easier to add different types of exercise, such as tables (see the ‘Crash Courses’).
The workbook can offer welcome support to less-experienced colleagues and those (like many class teachers) whose primary work-focus is not language teaching. At the same time, those who want to tread their own paths are not restricted.
But unlike conventional workbooks, these are wide-ranging collections of material, where the teacher is in command, rather than the author’s programme. There is a real and extensive choice here, so that every colleague can choose those materials which best suit a particular class.
In short: these workbooks are NOT ‘one size fits all’ − different classes can work with completely different selections from the things on offer.
Workbooks speed (to an extent ...) the drudgery of marking.
For most teachers, they will make ‘inner differentation’ in classes more achievable.
Fast-track students can more easily work ahead and at their own pace, while the similar structure of many exercises provides helpful structure to those moving more slowly.
Many parents welcome workbooks. Work is in one place, and it’s easier to see how students are progressing.
In special cases such as long illness or extreme laziness, the state of the workbook makes an immediate impression on parents. In contrast, an empty exercise book is seen as proving nothing!
The workbook also makes it easier for parents to help their children.
No more complicated combinations of exercise books and photocopies, where no one but the teacher can see how things fit together! An exaggeration, of course, but still, something calling up a spot of joy to many a parent’s cheek ...
For these reasons, the workbook − in this, or a similar form − seems a natural next step in the development of our readers.
Autor: Peter Morris, Christoph Jaffke
Verlag: Pädgagogische Forschungsstelle Stuttgart
Auflagennummer: 1. Auflage
Format (B x H): DIN A4
Umfang: 62 S.
Extras: Lösungsheft als Gratis-Download (pdf)
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- 2. Hazy Mountain - The Story of an Indian Boy and a Horse
- 3. Dick Whittington: A Story from England
- 4. Robin Hood
- 5. Stone Fox
- 6. The Pancake and Other Stories
- 7. King Arthur
- 8. Silly Simon - An English Folk Tale
- 9. Living and Working in the Days of Charles Dickens
- 10. Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom