Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsHi, everyone, and welcome to the end of week video. I get to make the announcement today. Yes. Because Monica is not here. And instead we have Mary, who you met earlier in the week in the Facebook chat. Yep. And also, in the previous, I think, weeks two and three you did the end of week videos. Didn't you? Yes, end of week videos, yes. It's been a great week again though. Hasn't it? It's been fantastic. Absolutely lovely. And it's all been about resources, and digital resources, and published materials, and authentic materials, and that sort of thing. Yep.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 secondsAnd we had a comment from Anna, who says, there's just so much out there that it can be sometimes really overwhelming about what to choose, and what to do, and what not to do, and very time consuming as well. So, Mary, what advice have you got for Anna on that? Well, yeah, I think it's a really good point. There's so much. It's hard to know where to start. So start with one thing at a time. That's a good idea. I think would be my advice. And there were great ideas. There were lots of ideas in step 5.5 about authentic material. So lots of people chose materials, for example, newspapers. I think that was Chinta.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsAnd Alejandro chose video, and Eleanor a website. So look at step 5.5. - lots and lots of ideas, absolutely, fantastic. And choose one activity that you would like to try. And try it. Yeah, good idea. Good advice. Yep. And also, we had a conversation about using no resources. Didn't we? No resources, Monica's handbag lesson, which was fascinating. And lots of people commented on that and extended the idea a little bit. And we also had people who took part in our poll. And do you want to know the results? Yes, I'd love to know the results. 83% of people thought that it was possible to teach with little or no resources. And I think that's true.

Skip to 1 minute and 49 secondsBut nowadays there's so much out there. But I think less is more, is often the case. Isn't it? In fact, you can go and you can find lots of examples on that step. I think you had one from - Yeah, from Miriam. So this was on step 5.8, where we asked people to record themselves using audioBoom or to describe an activity. So this one was from Miriam. And I thought it was a lovely idea. It was a game, wasn't it? Yeah, so the learners have the name of someone in the class, or the teacher. And they have to describe themselves and ask questions to find out who they are. Oh, nice. So you practise question forms. Yes.

Skip to 2 minutes and 25 secondsYou practise adjectives, describing people, long hair, short hair, grammar, I'm wearing, nouns, present continuous. Very good, nice, Yeah, lots of ideas. Lovely. And, of course, don't forget also that the way that we've presented the course, we've used lots of the types of activities that you can use with your learners like, for example, in the first step of this week, the mind map with the jumbled letters. Yes. And find the words amongst these jumbled letters. We've used Padlet. We've used - Quizlet. - Quizlet. We've used Vocaroo. - audioBoom. We've use audioBoom, exactly. So we've used lots of stuff that you could try out with your learners. And of course, you have.

Skip to 3 minutes and 6 secondsBecause in the steps, where we asked you to make a game in Padlet and Quizlet, loads and loads of games. Yes, I had lots of fun. Go and try them out. I've tried some out. They really work well. Me too. Me too. Great, OK, I have a couple of questions, one from Susanna. Susanna asked, is it better to use a course book as a guide, as your kind of basis, and then add other resources to it? Yep, good question. And I think the answer is yes, actually. Because it saves you a whole bundle of work. And course books nowadays are really much more sophisticated than they used to be. And they have lots of authentic type material.

Skip to 3 minutes and 45 secondsAnd they have interesting listening materials. And the thing about them is that they'll set down the syllabus. So you know what grammar to cover in what order. And it's not random. It's been properly researched. Which tenses should be taught before other tenses and that sort of thing now. So using a grammar book, course book rather, as the basis for your course and then building and adding authentic material is a good idea. Yeah, definitely. I think you had a question about course books as well. Yes, Daria asked a question, a very good question. She pointed out that for her learners, the parents have to buy the course book, the workbook, and lots of materials. And they're expensive. Yes, absolutely.

Skip to 4 minutes and 25 secondsSo in the class she finds it very difficult to supplement. Because if she doesn't do an activity in the book, the parents say, we bought this book. Why aren't you using it? And they think it's a waste of money. Exactly. So, I think, I would suggest to Daria, there's lots of activities in the course book. I think you can look through it and pick out things that learners could do at home. Oh, good idea. Yeah, so then they do work at home. The parents could get involved. So you could ask the parents to support the learners, if they feel happy with their English, to do the exercises. And you get through more materials.

Skip to 4 minutes and 57 secondsSo you can still supplement in the class. Yeah, so you can bring in other stuff and feel that at least the parents are getting value for their money with their course book. Absolutely. So, a fab week - and don't forget, there's also your Facebook with Anna that you did on the chat. Yes, that was on, so on Wednesday, we had a live event. We're going to add a link to the video on the step. But you can also see the video on the Facebook page as well. The link is up there, I think. I saw it this afternoon. And great. And it worked. Excellent. Yeah, it worked. So check that out if you weren't able to attend to it live.

Skip to 5 minutes and 30 secondsAnd - And we've got lots more coming up next week. Next week, let's talk about next week. So, next week is the last week of the course. We now have six weeks gone. Yes. And it's all about next steps. Isn't it? Yes. Next steps, so training options, what would be a good training option for you? What would you like to do next? Would you like to do a teacher training course? Would you like to improve your grammar? Would you like to do some professional development of some sort? And we've already spoken to teachers and employers as well to find out what they look for. That's right.

Skip to 6 minutes and 3 seconds- so of tips about how to prepare for a course, and a live Q and A session. Because I know a lot of people have had questions about teacher training and about different courses. Teaching one-to-one, all of those things, we'll be talking about next week. And that's Wednesday, isn't it, the Q and A? Yes, yes. And also next week, we have the final test. Yes, so we had two tests. The first one - - week three. - in week three. And this is the second one, the final one. There's 15 questions. And it's questions from weeks four and weeks five. And week four was about language. Wasn't it? Yes, yeah.

Skip to 6 minutes and 37 secondsSo a little tip, if you want to do really well in the quiz, shh don't tell anybody. If you want to do really well in the quiz, go back and have a look at week four, the first section, which was all about grammar, vocabulary, phonology. And I would really advise that you go look at week four's glossary. Yeah, that's a great idea. If you can gen up, if you can revise and learn all of the words in week four glossary - It will really help. You will do really well in the test. And also, look at this week's glossary as well. Yes. Because there will be some questions about resources. So, questions about language, questions about resources.

Skip to 7 minutes and 15 secondsYou wanted to say about the tests and about the certificates? Yes, so a lot of people have asked about certificates. That will be an option from next week. So, if you're looking for a certificate of achievement, you do have to get 70% across the two tests. Go look at the glossary for week four. Yeah, so the test will be from week three, but the week six one is a longer test. Is it? OK. Yeah, so even if you didn't quite get 70% before, you've got a lot of opportunity this time. Absolutely. Great, OK. So, that's it. Yes. So, sign in next week. Hope to see you next week, last week, keep strong. Bye bye. Bye.

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