Language Across Curriculum

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The concept  of 'Language  across Curriculum'  is something we often read  about  and appreciate. It is hardly practiced in the classroom partly  due to the pressure of completing  the syllabus on time and partly due to our inability to break  out of the rigid boundaries of the various  subjects. In this learning resource we demonstrate how subject  boundaries can be made to dissolve.

Lesson plan Details

Duration: 
02 hours 40 mins
Introduction: 

The concept  of 'Language  across Curriculum'  is something we often read  about  and appreciate. It is hardly  practiced in the classroom partly  due to the pressure of completing  the syllabus on time and partly due to our inability to break  out of the rigid boundaries of the various subjects. In this learning resource we demonstrate how subject  boundaries can be made to dissolve.

Objective: 
  • The students will design a questionnaire for interviewing the milkman.
  • The students will write a paragraph on the topic ‘My milkman’.
  • The students will compare the attributes of the milkmen they have interviewed
  • The students will tabulate the data they’ve collected  in small groups.
  • The students will present the data collection process of his/her group
Steps: 
DAY 1

 

Step 1

Instruct the students to collect information  about their milkman/milkmaid.

Teacher's Note:

List the following questions on the board.

a) Name of the milkman/milkmaid

b) Number and names of his/her family members

c) How many cows and buffaloes he/she owns

d) How they take care of the cattle

e) What food the cattle eat

f) How much milk he/she sells every day

g) How much milk is kept for the family

h) What is his/her selling price for a liter of milk

i) How much he/she spends on the cattle for food etc.

j) Whether his/her father also had the same occupation

k) What is his/her daily routine etc?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 :

Now encourage the students to discuss how they will collect all this information. They may respond, saying that they will interview their milkman/maid.

Step 3 :

Now ask them to frame  questions in English for the interview. Tell them not to worry about spelling and grammatical mistakes.

Teacher's NotePlease do not correct spelling or grammar in the sentences. It is important to make the learners comfortable with the English language. Finding mistakes will make them hesitant and hinder their learning.

 

 

 

Step 4 :

Now, make small groups  of 5 and ask them to share their questions and finally create a questionnaire. Give them dictionaries to check their spelling, help them with sentence construction when needed.

Step 5 :

Organize this outdoor  activity and give suitable instructions for conducting the interviews.

Teacher's NoteDo note that the students will translate these questions in their first language and then translate the answers in English.

 

 

 

DAY 2

 

Step 1

Give 15 min to the students to write a paragraph on ‘My Milkman/maid’ in English based on the information  they have gathered. Tell them not to worry about  mistakes while writing, they should  express themselves freely. They can use dictionaries to check their spellings.

Step 2:

Now, make groups of 5 or retain the groups made the previous day. Ask them to read out the paragraphs, while the others listen.

Teacher's NoteAs a single teacher, you may not be able to listen to all. Just observe each group, note down their behavior for example who is listening, who is disturbing, who is dominating etc. Guide the groups. Use your observation to make the groups next time

 

 

 

Step 3:

Ask them to discuss and fill up the table provided in Worksheet. Give 20 min for this.

Step 4:

Write numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on chits of paper.  Number  each  member of the group  from 1 to 5. Pick up a chit and call on the corresponding student to present the process they went through  in collecting data.

Teacher's Note: This will help to make the students  sensitive to various occupations.

 

 

Assessment: 

Use the short  paragraph on the Milkman/milkmaid written  by the students, to assess their writing skills. Also look for personal comments that express feelings about the milkman and wanting to follow that occupation. Share some interesting paragraphs in the classroom.

Your observations during group work and individual presentation will help you to identify their personality traits like helpfulness,  care for others, confidence etc.

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