Sometimes I hate English textbooks. They are like… diarrhea to me 😄 Some of the chapters can be really boring and tedious, but if they are in the exam syllabus, you still have to teach them. So what I’ll do is to pick the important language focus, find some other similar but more interesting text and teach in my own way.
But there are also times that textbooks may reduce teacher’s preparation time. For example, this new chapter (Lele Chp 4) is a play about Noah ( a brand new story about Noah building a space ark as the Earth was so polluted by humans. The animals were expressing their grief and anger and would like to leave Noah on the Earth instead.) The plot is fine. Students can learn the features of a play script and also practise oral English by act out the play/Reader’s Theatre.
Reader’s Theatre is our choice for we are so used to do it in the lesson and it saves time. I picked different gps of students to come out and perform. Some students are reluctant to speak in front of the class. I will assign them to do some minor roles to make sure that they at least take some parts in the activity.
Some performance of my kids (The latter gps are always better because they learnt from the first few gps)