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Teachers' Notes for Mini-Course 1: High School

October 18, 2020

Learning Objectives

  • Review the simple tenses.
  • Learn present perfect and present perfect progressive.
  • Learn and review academic vocabulary. Themes include sports, athletes, and modern health issues.*
  • Practice common pronunciation problems.
  • Begin reading longer, intermediate-level content. 
  • Begin writing compound sentences and basic paragraphs. 
  • Review the proper use of commas.

Teachers’ Notes

Log in to ESL Library and go to Folders (in the Class Prep drop-down menu). Toggle to ESL Library Folders. Near the top of the ESL Library Folders section, you will find a starter course of lessons and resources suitable for teaching high school.

Introductory Resources

At the beginning of the course, you will find a few introductory resources: 

Course Content

Following the introductory resources, you will find a list of suggested materials. This list is just a guideline for teachers who need help getting started for the first time with students in this age group. You can adapt the order and content based on your students’ needs and the length of your course. These materials are in a suggested order, but you do not need to follow this order exactly or use all of these lessons.

Be sure to adapt ready-made courses to meet the level and needs of your students. Choose additional or alternative lessons from the suggested sections below (under the More Content heading). When looking for additional materials to teach for this age group, you will likely only use the level filters marked Int and High Int. Here is an Equivalency Scale that may be useful.

Some of the suggested lessons have digital tasks so that you can teach your students online or assign digital homework. If you need help using the digital platform, visit our Help Docs.

If you are only able to teach online at this time and you want to use a lesson that is currently only available as a PDF, you can download the Student PDF and email it to your student(s) or you can open it on a shared screen while you teach an online lesson.

More Content for High School

*Note that the theme of this course may not be suitable for what you need for your own students. The ESL Library publishing team is busy working on Mini-Course 2 and 3 for this age group. Until these become available, you can build your own courses using the following suggestions:

Language Targets: gerunds and infinitives, advanced pronouns (reflexive pronouns, indefinite pronouns, demonstrative adjectives, demonstrative pronouns, and relative pronouns), advanced adjectives and adverbs, modals (advice, possibility, and necessity), first and second conditionals, tag questions, future progressive

Functions: express an opinion, make a complaint, state preferences, make excuses, write compound sentences, write simple pagraphs, learn parts of an essay

Themes: holidays and events, sports, history, music, science and technology, ethics, literature

Sections

Here are some suggested ESL Library sections for teaching high school. 

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