It's sometimes hard to keep kids focused, but they do better when they can relate to the material in the book. The ongoing storyline in Our Discovery Island is motivating because pupils become involved in what's happening. Characters they can get to know across all units through different activities and stories help pupils stay interested.
Promote learning progress
As new vocabulary and language structures are introduced it's important that pupils are exposed to them several times. Once pupils are exposed to new language via their textbook, it's useful for them to become familiar with new learnings and practice it in the Activity Book, then see it again in a video format or on the iWB.
Slowly introduce grammar
Introducing language structure in a way that pupils can make sense of it is important, and one thing that helps is to introduce language in manageable amounts. It's useful for pupils to see the target structure in a way that can be used as a model for practice and continued reference. Take a look at the “Look” grammar boxes in the Pupil's Book.
Incorporate digital elements
It is amazing what the kids are willing to do on a computer that they are reluctant to do in a book or on paper. The Pupil's Book comes with a CD-ROM full of activities kids can use to practice what they learned.
Keep lessons fun but focused
Pupils are excited when we incorporate technology into the classroom. Children enjoy things that are visual and interactive like DVD, CD-ROM, and ActiveTeach – a digital version of the Pupil's Book.
Track pupils' progress
Schools and parents want to make sure that pupils are learning – which means continual evaluation of performance. Our Discovery Island has assessment games and tests in every unit to track pupils' progress.
The Teacher’s Book has a step-by-step lesson plans covering all the course material.
Each lesson is clearly structured into stages:
starting the lesson
ending the lesson
Further optional activities are suggested for extension to cover more teaching hours.
Lesson notes are designed to be flexible to support busy teachers or those who have limited access to resources. The introduction includes recommended procedures for using games, classroom language and stories effectively and how all the course components can be best used in class.
The Audio CD includes tracks for the photocopiable tests found in the Teacher’s Book.
Our Discovery Island ActiveTeach provides software for use on any Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) with integrated tools. It can also be used with just a computer and projector.
It contains links to all of the Student Book and Workbook pages, digitally transformed to create more opportunities for interaction between students, the teacher, and the classroom resources, as well as links to the audio and video.
CEFR: A1| PTE Young Learners: Springboard | CYLET: Movers
The island is a huge Film Studio, with sets for several films of different genres. As well as the sets, there is also the paraphernalia of filming with star trailers, catering, props, special effects, etc.
CEFR: A1+ | PTE Young Learners: Quickmarch | CYLET: Flyers
This is a lush winter wonderland, where the glaciers and snowscapes are interspersed with luxury ice hotels, ski caves and humble mountain dwellings. People get around by conventional transport and by skis, snowboards, skates, para-gliding, and a helicopter.