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Andy Brooks: Design Narrative, Reading for Gist

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Andy Brooks
27 March 2017


Design Narrative: To better enable English Language learners to read with an emphasis on reading for gist.



 Student English Language Instructor at a language school.



A language school offering English language lessons, this particular class was made up of young adults of intermediate ability English.


Trying to improve reading skills but particularly to put an emphasis on reading for gist and to help improve reading speed.



As a lead in the Students were shown a newspaper and an understanding of the body and headline and sub headline were checked. This was a simple activity which involved student participation.


Students were then put into pairs and asked to find a story they find interesting. They were given 3 minutes for this task. A check question was used to make sure the students understood the task, and duration.


Students then had to decide on two questions which were “what is it about?” and “why is it interesting?” Understanding of the task was checked using questions such as, “Are you going to read every word?” Students were given 3 minutes for this task. They were then asked about their stories.


Students were then given a couple of headlines to look at in their pairs and were asked what the stories could be about. After this Students were given a hand-out with some phrases and they had to decide which headlines they went with.


As a final activity Students were given some stories and all around the level headlines had been hidden, they had to find the headlines and match them to the stories.






The lesson was a successful one and the students really enjoyed it, it was a fast paced lesson, but this led to the weaker students finding it quite difficult to keep pace, which was very noticeable at times. Overall the desired outcomes were achieved.

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Andy Brooks
8:50am 1 April 2017

This is a partial design, I found it time consuming, although I had come across this software before, I had never used it. I'm sure it could be useful especially if I could find the time to map a whole course and it would allow me to zoom in on certain lessons. For collaberation it could be handy for example in a department where certain tutors plan certain lessons and the course is mapped using this tool. Overall I found it intersting and would not rule out using it in the future.

Leanne Johnstone
3:19pm 6 April 2017

Hi Andy,

This sounds like an interesting activity. I like how you have clearly explained what the students did at each stage of the activity. How did you know that the students had met the outcomes? I guess it would have been evident in their work?

Leanne :-)

Andy Brooks
2:30pm 23 April 2017

Hi Leanne, i should have mapped the outcomes really, you are right it was evident as the feedback was pretty immediate. I have since mapped a new lesson that I'm leading tomorrow and in this case i did map student feedback, I will post it at some point. The slides are available on slideshare, it is a marketing mix lesson in the context of Beats by Dr.Dre. Should be interesting

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