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  Unit 1 > Session 5 Session 5 This session aims to: ã  introduce reading skills (Outcome 3) ã  introduce terminology used to describe reading subskills (Outcome 3) ã  develop approaches to a receptive skills lesson (Outcome 3) ã  raise awareness of UK (especially Scottish) citizenship regulations (Outcome 1) ã  introduce the main tenses of English (Outcome 2) ã  provide practice in identifying tenses (Outcome 2) We suggest that you allocate 180 minutes for the session. PDA Introduction to Tutoring ESOL: Language and learning in ESOL 127  Unit 1 > Session 5 Focus A Reading skills  Aims: To introduce reading skills To develop approaches to a receptive skills lesson To raise awareness of citizenship issues in the UK, especially Scottish qualifications regulations Time needed: 90 minutes Materials: Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Resource 1 Preparation: Bring in some resources that relate to citizenship such as the Life in the UK test handbook http://www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk/ (for information on the Life in the UK test) http://www.niace.org.uk/projects/esolcitizenship/Home-Scot.htm (the Scottish Citizenship ESOL materials Pack) http://www.esolscotland.com/citizenship.cfm (for information on citizenship) Cut up and make sets of Resource 1 Notes: Trainers should be careful when using this material that they take account of current and evolving regulations relating to UK citizenship. The information in Handout 2 is correct at time of going to print (March 2010) Task 1 Reading about citizenship Stage 1 Display the following quote on the board, asking the trainees how they feel about the quote and who they think might have said it (Arnold Schwarzenegger).  As long as I live, I will never forget the day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.  Ask the trainees to write down a definition of what they think citizenship is. Let the trainees compare their answers in groups. Take feedback and write up any useful vocabulary which comes up — eg immigrants, naturalisation etc. At this point, comments may also be made about rights and responsibilities. However, do not allow this stage to take up too much time.  Ask the trainees if they know anything about how to gain citizenship in the UK/Scotland. You should inform them that, formally, the Citizenship test is called the ‘Life in the UK’ test. PDA Introduction to Tutoring ESOL: Language and learning in ESOL 128  Unit 1 > Session 5 Stage 2 Pre-teach the words below from the text on citizenship. Provide Handout 1. Ask the trainees to work in pairs to complete the sentences. The trainees should also decide the word class of each inserted word. ã  naturalisation ã  applicant ã  contextualised ã  ability ã  knowledge ã  accredited ã  mock Answers 1 It is an accredited  course if it is officially recognised as meeting essential requirements. (adjective) 2 An applicant  is a candidate or someone who requests something. (noun) 3 If a course is contextualised , it is designed in a specific way to suit a certain subject or group of people. It is not generic. (adjective) 4 Your ability  is your power or capacity to do or act; your competence because of skills, training or talent. (noun) 5 Knowledge  is one’s familiarity with facts, truths or principles gained by experience, study or investigation. (noun) 6 A mock  exam is taken before a real one for practice. (adjective) 7 Naturalisation  is the process by which an individual becomes a legal citizen in a country they were not born in. (noun) Point out to the trainees that this is part of pre-teaching vocabulary, by checking that learners can understand the words in context. This is also an opportunity to highlight other aspects of vocabulary development, eg through focusing on collocation, connotation and word stress during the pre-teaching phase. Stage 3: Put the following statement on the board and ask the trainees to predict whether they think it is true or false.  All British citizen applicants must sit the ‘Life in the UK’ test. Display the three summaries below: ã   The text tells you about the purpose and history of citizenship in Scotland. ã   The text provides information on how to evidence the language and knowledge requirements when applying for UK citizenship in Scotland. ã   The text tells you about SQA ESOL qualifications . PDA Introduction to Tutoring ESOL: Language and learning in ESOL 129  Unit 1 > Session 5 Provide Handout 2, or direct the trainees to the text online at: http://www.esolscotland.com/citizenship.cfm They should read the text quickly (time limit of one minute maximum) to decide whether their prediction was accurate and which summary is most appropriate.   Answers ã  False: Not all applicants need to sit the ‘Life in the UK’ test. It depends on their level of English. There are two routes. ã  The second summary is correct. Tell the trainees they are going to read the text again to find the answers to some questions. This activity could be done as a jigsaw reading with each group answering half the questions and then sharing the information. Alternatively, it would work as a team quiz. The aim is to ensure the trainees scan the text quickly to find the answers. Provide Handout 3 and ask them to answer the questions by reading the text. Set a time limit of no more than three minutes. Check the answers quickly with the group. Answers 1 When did the citizenship requirements start? 1 November 2005 2 Is the citizenship test for beginners? No, it is only for students with a fairly well developed level of English (at least working towards Intermediate 2) 3 What is the name of the book you can use to practise for this test? Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship 4 How many questions are there and how long does it take? 24 questions/45 minutes 5 What is the current price of the test? £34 6 How many test centres are there in Scotland? There are five test centres 7 What should applicants below Intermediate 1 do? They should take an ESOL course which has citizenship embedded 8 Does the applicant (below Intermediate 1) need to take a qualification? Yes, they must pass one SQA NQ ESOL Unit at Intermediate 1 or below 9 What else do they need to do to prove they are eligible to apply for citizenship? They need a letter to say that the course was delivered in a citizenship context and that it used materials derived from the ‘Citizenship materials for ESOL learners’ pack PDA Introduction to Tutoring ESOL: Language and learning in ESOL 130
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