Call for Contributions: New Ways in Teaching Grammar, second edition

TESOL Press is seeking contributors with engaging and effective lesson plan ideas for teaching grammar in the English language classroom.

Deadline: 17 February 2017


If you would like your submission to be considered for inclusion in this revised edition, you must carefully follow the guidelines below and submit to the co-editors, Andrea Kevech and Connie Rylance nwteachinggrammar@gmail.com

Scope and Purpose


The upcoming edition of New Ways in Teaching Grammar will feature the latest collection of form-focused activities developed by ESL/EFL professionals for classrooms in a variety of settings and for students of all levels. These communicative grammar-based activities will motivate students to use and master grammatical forms for speaking and writing in high school, higher-ed, or IEP classrooms.  The lesson plans may include digital technology or Internet resources, as this volume will have a companion online resource page. We look forward to receiving your lesson plan ideas!

Audience


The book is for all teachers who address grammar in their classrooms and who work with young adults or adults in all ESL/EFL contexts.

Format


This series offers at-a-glance, simple lesson plans. All contributors should follow the format below as closely as possible:

Length


400-800 words

Section Parts

  • Title
  • Contributor’s Name
  • Level/s (beginning, intermediate, advanced, all levels) for which the lesson is most appropriate
  • Aim/s of the Lesson (e.g., motivation, developing fluency, accuracy, critical thinking)
  • Class Time
  • Preparation Time
  • Resources Needed
  • Introductory Blurb
  • Procedure (please be as clear as possible)
  • Caveats or Options (for caveats, explain possible trouble areas; for options, offer alternate ideas or consider different contexts)
  • References
  • Appendix (e.g., a student sample of the idea, worksheets, Internet references)

Note: Please provide a note or reference if your lesson plan is based on another source.

Acceptance Process


Contributors should follow the format of the series as closely as possible and use APA for formatting and referencing. Submissions should be meticulously reviewed and checked for clarity and accuracy by the contributor before submitting. All submissions will be carefully vetted and given a final review by the co-editors. There will be no automatic acceptances.

Copyright

TESOL Press asks all contributors to assign their copyright to the association. The author(s) will be asked to sign a contract after their submission is accepted. Please do not submit work that has been previously published, is currently under consideration elsewhere, or already under contract, and do not submit work for which you wish to retain copyright. All contributors will be given a TESOL Press permissions form to use and are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use previously published material and for paying any associated fees. Note: If you have previously published a lesson plan and you own the copyright, then you may submit your work to the project.

Sample Contribution

Title: Professional Extremes

Contributor: Vicky Holder

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced

Aims of the Lesson: Produce sentences with result clauses while stimulating production through humor and guessing

Class Time: 25 minutes

Preparation Time: None

Resources needed: white board or computer projection

Introductory Blurb:  In this activity, students guess people's jobs or professions based on statements made by their classmates that describe some aspect of their work in a result clause.

Procedure:

  1. As a class, brainstorm jobs and professions (at least 20), writing them all on the white board.
  2. Also as a class, brainstorm adjectives that could describe people in at least two of the professions or jobs.  In other words, no adjectives should be applicable to only one profession—each should be as versatile as possible.  For example:

Profession:

hair stylist

data entry operator

scientist

salesperson

administrative assistant

singer

bus driver

professor

mechanic

lawyer

doctor

nurse

judge

police officer

bank teller

musician

firefighter

bank robber

carpenter

plumber

politician


Adjectives:

cheerful

slim

tall

stupid

old

smart

talented

loud

rich

fast

intelligent

careful

good

honest

dishonest

strong

bad

strict

heavyset

clever

                               

  1. Pair off students.  Each pair should try to make one (or more) sentences in which they match one adjective with one profession—but they do not actually mention the profession—according to the pattern so + adjective + that clause.     

    The purpose is to make a sentence that allows the rest of the class to guess the job or profession of the subject of the sentence.

    Example:

    He’s so careful that his cash drawer is always correct at the end of the day.
    Answer:  Bank teller

  2. Give a few more examples for the class to guess.  Write them on the board.  The more examples that you give, the more easily and enthusiastically the students will fall into the activity.

More Examples:

He is so loud that people can hear him in the last row of the highest balcony in the theater.

Answer:  Singer


She is so talented that she can play seven different instruments.

Answer:  Musician

 

She is so polite that her regular passengers bring her presents for Christmas.

Answer:  Bus driver

5.             Have each pair of students present their sentence(s) to the class for guessing. 

Caveats:
This could be done as a whole class activity to save time, but in that case, students who are shy are less likely to participate.  It could also be done in groups, with the guessing taking place within the group, but then it is more difficult to monitor accuracy unless something is submitted in writing.

Options:
Alternatively, this format could be used to practice adverbs—He drives so carelessly that his passengers always fall on the floor—by brainstorming either verbs (e.g. drives, cuts) or adverbs instead of adjectives.

References: none

Appendix: none