About Bridges

Earlier this year, I wrote about having to cut much of the content from a new textbook I’d written, but it turns out that the entire book is now going to be published as originally designed!
The textbook was specifically created to address a very widespread need where I’m working – it will help students bridge the gap between understanding English and producing it. The design has already been excerpted to be a Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks book, but now, it’ll be available in its entirety.
It’s almost ready and will be called Bridges . It’s an exciting new design that’s getting great reviews from educators who’ve tried it during the design phase.
The book will be distributed free of charge to teachers and students who sign up on the website. The site is still under construction, but you can click on the book cover in this post to sign up now to have a download link emailed to you or to reserve a printed copy when they are ready.
The design for Bridges is called the StudyDo design. It’s based on the premise that all human beings learn language under the right conditions and the conditions are well-known in the field of language teaching:
Learners must encounter language they can understand and then use that language to make their own meaning.
Bridges supports teachers in creating these necessary conditions by providing interesting language input followed by activities that allow students to think and produce language. The activities in this book are designed to require no additional preparation and to be easy to implement in the classroom.

Bridges supports teachers in helping students bridge the gap between understanding English and producing it

Focus on Language
Although school exams are increasingly focused on proficiency, not content, some textbooks continue to question students on facts contained in the text. This distracts students and teachers from noticing and using the language in the texts. The content in Bridges is only intended to hold the learners’ interest so that language can be noticed and produced.
With the new exams and activities like those in Bridges, the teacher is never responsible for testing content. This means students never need to memorize facts or stories. They only need to develop their proficiency in using English, and Bridges helps them do that.
The teacher’s role is to provide opportunities for students to discuss content in order to process language meaningfully. Readings are kept short so that students can read and understand on their own, without the teacher explaining or translating. Allowing students to study the language of the text to find out what happens next keeps them curious and interested throughout the lessons.
I’ll be writing more on the design and how it supports teachers, but feel free to go ahead and sign up to get your copy.

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4 Responses to About Bridges

  1. Mamta Agrawal says:

    I am interested in having a copy of the book, Bridges

  2. shethsir says:

    Congratulation for putting forward a concept of creative English in-front of the non native English Speaking children. Yes, I am surly referring the second semester text book of std 8 Gujarat board. Having gone through the whole context, I am doubtful if the students shall grasp the approach of teaching. It would be injustice if I do not appreciate the concept. Imaginations and visualizations are much far away for the students of Gujarat. If I can train my students develop the story of Mark Twain in their own imagination, I shall be proving your theory. Nevertheless, I have started the first chapter, “Strong Desire- Wise Actions” with an effort of dramatization. It’s a success. Waiting for the Bridges…..All the best

    • Dee says:

      Bridges, along with audio and videos of teachers using it are all available on the website for the book, http://www.studydo.asia. If you are doubtful that students will grasp the concepts, remember that the goal is to notice and use language. They do not need to fully grasp all the facts of the text to benefit from the language and thinking that it stimulates. Teachers can scale activities to suit the levels of their students as long as they keep in mind these key principles. See more on the key principles and techniques on http://www.studydo.asia.

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