Saturday, September 5, 2009
Traditional Textbook Utilization Methods
I've recently made a video on utulizing textbooks in the traditional way. Before making that video, I was asking myself if it would be ok to make that video because I wasn't sure if anyone would understand that type of approach. To many it may seem unrothodox, but I feel that it is a very efficient way for utilizing the textbook. I would basically take a course like TY(Teach Yourself) or any other type of course and start from chapter one, focusing on the constructions and incorporating those constructions with everything else I've learned. I don't want to contradict myself by saying that we should focus on grammar since I'm no advocate of that. Using this methodology is just giving the student a pretty good idea on how things are constructed. At the same time, these constructions will be incorporated with other things learned previously. As far as vocabulary, you won't memorize every single vocabulary in the chapter. I would choose at least 10 useful words from that chapter to learn and just get familiar with the rest of them. I would sweep through the book after mastering all of the constructions just to play with remaining vocabulary. While in the process of doing this, one should be writing journals every week. This would also increase vocabulary. Utilizing chatrooms for output is another way for building vocabulary. I've tried utilizing the textbook in many different ways, but this one seems to be the most efficient for me.