I don’t know about you but I’ve always found that the workbooks accompanying course books like Let’s Go, the seven part series for children by OUP, never provide quite enough writing practice for students. As a result, I end up spending a LOT of time making additional worksheets for them to get that needed writing practice, and it would be no exaggeration to say that after a few years I must have accumulated hundreds if not thousands of them. It’s probably a situation faced by a lot of teachers. But then comes along the fourth edition of Let’s Go with its online homework, and poof! Problem solved.
Students simply visit the online homework page where they can complete exercises in listening, reading, (occasionally speaking) and writing assigned by the teacher for homework. This is great news for teachers not only because it frees you from the chore of making practice exercises, but OUP’s online software also automatically corrects the assignments, scores them and generates stats for you to evaluate how your students are progressing in their lessons. This also frees up precious class time for more communicative activities, relegating some of the drudgery to the home.
So let’s take a look at how it works from a student’s point of view with the latest version of Let’s Go 4. In class you’ve completed the first two pages of unit 1, which cover asking about the weather in the future tense. The grammar pattern is How’s the weather going to be? and the vocabulary words are: hot, humid, warm, cold, cool, and foggy. There’s a dialogue page and a chant as well. After learning to speak the language in class, the children log on at home, choose the unit they are to study from the drop down menu. In this case it’s Unit 1 Let’s Talk.
They will see six tabs labeled A through F. Students click on the first tab and see:
Then tab B:
Then tab C:
Then tab D:
Then tab E:
And finally tab F:
This pattern of activities is repeated through each section of the course book, making for hours of extra practice. Then there’s the bottom of the screen:
Remember, the program will automatically score the student’s work and record it in the teacher’s log so you will know whether children have done their homework, how well they did, and how many attempts it took them. That’s time you don’t have to spend correcting (and occasionally scolding) in class time. OUP also offers similar online homework for its English Time and Everybody Up course books.
Click here to try the free demo or watch this video to learn more:
In an upcoming post I’ll be talking about how teachers set up and manage this homework.