I love Routine 1. I have taught many different curriculums in Japan, and I can confidently say “I LOVE routine 1”. Recently I have been focusing on expanding students’ understanding and usage of the routine 1 questions. I have been working on a ten lesson rotation, planning 1 question from routine 1 and 1 [bridged] item. For example, when I teach question 1 “What time do you ~?” I bridge with (basic item) Time. Here’s how I bridge the rest of the questions from routine 1:
Q1 with Time
Q2 with Routine 4 or 5
Q3 with Prepositions 1
Q4 with Routine 4 Q2 & Q3 or anything from the One Point S.P.(B) sectoion
Q5 with Entertaining a Foreigner (Food or Objects both work for this)
Q5 (using Who?) with Introductions 2
Q6 with Routine 5 or Past 1
Q7 and Q8 with Frequency 1&2 or Past 1 & Future 1
Q9 with Prepositions 1
Q10 with Adjectives 1
As I said before, I love routine 1, and my love of this lesson spreads to my students. By bridging in and out of this simple, basic routine, students quickly learn how much freedom they have in playing with the English language, and how much power and ability they really have.
There are an infinite number of ways to bridge in and out of routine 1 and all the other routines. Don’t know how to? Try my suggestions above. Got other bridging ideas? Please post them in the comments box or write a post of your own!
Edward, SSE Ohtsu
Edward you never cease to amaze me. What a brilliant way to jazz-up a simple routine, no wonder your student numbers are growing. You are having so much fun they can’t help too also. Well done!
Smith’s School of English Koenji