TRINITY’S CONTINUITY CAFE’ is a place where language teachers and educators can share their experiences and learn from each other, a place for those new to Trinity to ask questions, and a place for us all to experience deep and meaningful conversations about those things that really matter to us…
"SHAPING CONTINUITY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING"
There is a tendency to enter a whole class at the same Trinity Exam level or grade. This very often leads to choosing a level that suits most learners, by default penalising the weaker and the stronger ones. This approach can lead to a potential negative impact on the motivation of those learners that are excluded as well as those who are put into a level which is too easy for them.
Join our Continuity Café to engage in this conversation and explore ways of preparing learners within the same class at the level that best reflects the true abilities of each individual. We will also be looking at the opportunities offered by Trinity’s learning pathways to reach all learners’ full potential so that excellent students are given the chance to demonstrate their competence and skills, while leaving nobody behind.
This innovative and collaborative format involves teachers working in small groups to learn from each other and share activities that address the challenges encountered in a mixed ability classroom, for example, getting learners to ask questions naturally in a one-to-one conversation, choosing appropriate topics, and avoiding memorisation and recitation during the topic phase. Teachers will also look at ways of ensuring an effective transfer between CEFR levels to enable students to sit higher levels in the bridge years between school cycles.
In the second part of our Continuity Café we will be experimenting strategies and activities to achieve higher levels in Trinity’s Graded Exams for Spoken English (2-skill exam) or to ensure the transition from a 2-skill to a 4-skill exam, by taking advantage of the modular features of Trinity’s 4-skills ISE exams.
Together we will take part in discussions on ways to plan our English lessons in continuity between school cycles so as to build on learners’ achievements and to encourage students to enter a higher level Trinity exam at the end of their school cycle.
Take away resources will be made available to all teachers participating in this Café.