Thank you so much for your suggestions. I was very happy when I received your reply. I used to join many forums in ELT and ask questions but either my questions are left unanswered or the answers come very late and unsatisfactory. To be honest, I didn’t think that I would receive such a personal message in such a short time with so many practical tips concerning teaching reading. Today I came to class and tried some ideas you suggested to me and found them very useful. Before asking students to read the text in detail I put some new words which I want them to learn on the board and get them speed read to locate those words in the text. As a result, my students seem very focused on the text. Because the topic of the text is ‘MACHINE TRANSLATION’, after reading I ask them to work in groups and discuss the question ‘you are to persuade your friend not to buy a translation machine. What would you say?’. That is much better than getting students to list the disadvantages of an MT.
However, there are still several things that I need your explanation. You said that I can use the texts for language work. Could you be more specific? How to carry out?
Also, after reading, students could prepare a press release or information for a publicity campaign. Again, how should I carry out that? It seem very new to me.
The topics in the textbook are: artificial intelligence, robotics, multimedia, computer graphic, virtual reality, computers in medicine/in education/office. Computer viruses/security/networks/software, programming languages…. Do you have any ideas about the activities that could be used for these topics?
My biggest problem is that I often don’t know how to organize the activities to achieve the best results. For example, when I ask students to persuade their friend not to buy a machine translation I cannot decide whether I should use groupwork or pair work or whole class. And I don’t know how to make the steps go smoothly. I would be grateful if you could give me some advice.
Because the texts are very long and difficult, I look for ways to reveal the text gradually without overwhelming students. You know, students often get demotivated and discouraged being asked to read something long and difficult at one time. Any suggestions on some warmers and ways to reveal texts gradually?
If possible, could you recommend to me some website that may be useful for a teacher of English for Information Technology? I find very few website devoted to ESP on the net.
Lucy, I hope that you will not be bothered by so many questions. I am too greedy, right? But I am so interested in teaching methodology that I couldn’t help asking questions. In the future I will ask you many more questions and I hope that you will help me to answer them.
Wish you a great week.
Look forward to your reply