Setting up a Close Control exercise. Malaga TEFL Teacher Training Centre.

Setting up a Close Control exercise.

To set up a close control exercise, first establish the close control task.

Here are a few ideas for tasks:
  1. A survey to discover the answer to a question which uses the target language e.g. who is the fittest person in the class?
  2. An information gap where the students have to ask for information from each other in order to reproduce the order of images laid out in grid e.g. the order in which a student will do things during the day.
  3. A creative task where students have to collect information from each other to allow them to create something, e.g. a design for a shop window.
  4. An information collection exercise which allows a conclusion as to which students would make the best partners e.g. a dating agency
  5. A reconstruction exercise where students have to piece together information to reconstruct an event e.g. a ‘who dunnit’.
  6. A board game, where the task is to win!
  7. A task where buying/swapping different elements of an item is needed to collect all the parts required to complete the item.
All of these task options entail activities which require genuine information transfer and therefore agree with the principle of language learning being achieved through real communication. In the following articles we will give examples of each of the above task principles in order to illustrate the use of the close control stage.


Posted on July 27th, 2017


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