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Teaching instructions to adults



Jayho
Australia

Teaching instructions to adults
 
Hi everyone
 
Well, its a new academic year for me and I am teaching a new module to my intermediate adults: Spoken and written instructions for work and study (e.g. how to use a photocopier, following emergency evacuation procedures, etc)
 
Im looking for online resources specifically related to the language of instructions (rather than just general grammar): specifically imperatives; conditionals; negation; modality; and, markers of time, manner & place.
 
I cant find much on the web at all. Ive searched under instructions, commands and directives.
 
If you have any good links, please let me know.
 
Cheers
 
Jayho

6 Feb 2015      



redcamarocruiser
United States

 
After reading these unrelated instructions for developing and printing photographs as a model, maybe your students could write their own instructions for using the photocopier.


http://www.wikihow.com/Evacuate-a-Building-in-an-Emergency How to Evacuate a Building in an Emergency

http://busyteacher.org/6568-following-and-giving-directions-imperative.html Following and Giving Diretions Using the Imperative
 
http://www.pearsonlongman.com/reallife/pdfs/samples/pre-int-student-book-unit-9.pdf It claims to use 1st conditional as one of the grammar focuses, but I only found one sentence in 1st conditional (just skimming).
 
http://www.businessenglishpod.com/2007/03/14/bep-38-int-describing-a-procedure/ lots of grammar explanations, especially after minute 5 to minute 11.

6 Feb 2015     



Jayho
Australia

Hi Mary
 
Thanks for your prompt reply.
 
Your uefap link is exactly the type of resource I am looking for - it specifically teaches students the language of how to understand/give instructions.  I must cover the specific grammar points listed in my post as related to instructions. If you have any more links like the uefap one, then youll really make my day.
 
I have a text book but I need free online resources to link to my elearning platform for student practice/information. We have student WiFi now so I have them using Moodle on their Smartphones - Im really chuffed about this as it makes my job easier and their learning more technologically enabled.
 
Cheers
 
Jayho
 
Edit: WoW Mary! Youve made my day, big time!!!!. Youve found some fantabulous stuff. The podcast is excellent (but Sandy asking the IT guy on a date Wacko) and I really like some of whats on the Pearson WS.

6 Feb 2015     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

http://www.slideshare.net/krulynn/permission-obligation-and-prohibition-question-completion

7 Feb 2015     



FrauSue
France

The units of this "how to" module from the BBC may be useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1212_how_to_instruct/

8 Feb 2015     



Jayho
Australia

Hi everyone
 
Thanks for your fantabulous contributions. You made may day!
 
Cheers
 
Jayho
 

9 Feb 2015     



Jayho
Australia

I m in luck - I just found this!
 

10 Feb 2015