Testimonies

Testimonies

(English for Christians)

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Author: Uli Nater
Length: 32 page(s)
Written: Nov 2014
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Category: Education & Teaching » Foreign Languages  |  Work: Textbook
Keywords: testimony, conversion, story, religious jargon, Christianese, paraphrasing, Bible, verb tenses, presentation, reading comprehension, song, writing, English, foreign, second, language, teach, teaching, Christian

Presenting an own testimony

ABOUT THIS UNIT

Aim:

Students present a well-structured testimony without religious jargon and using correct verb tenses.

- Levels: intermediate / upper-intermediate (B1-B2)
- Time: approx. 6 hours

Procedure:

As a warm-up, students compare their own experiences with and opinions about testimonies. Then they read two sample testimonies, which they evaluate, thereby realising the importance of structure, understandable wording and honesty.

Students become aware of the use of religious jargon and match "Christianese" expressions with less religious-sounding alternatives. Paraphrasing Bible verses takes them a further step towards communicating Christian beliefs plainly and intelligibly.

Through a guided discovery, students revise present and past tenses, which they are likely to need for their own testimony. A third sample testimony serves as a gap fill exercise for verb tenses.

They are given a loose structure and prompts / questions to prepare their own testimony. Testimonies are first presented to small groups, then to the whole class.

A reading comprehension text about the life story and conversion of John Newman (former slave trader and writer of the hymn "Amazing grace") concludes this unit. The class sings the hymn.


THE "ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIANS" SERIES

"English for Christians" prepares language learners to interact successfully in a Christian English-speaking environment. This series of supplementary materials can be used alongside any course book. It covers a range of Christian topics, skills and language levels and is suitable for Christians of all denominations.

All materials are photocopiable and ready for classroom use. They include:

- the students' edition (handouts in original A4 page size)
- interleaved teacher's notes (scaled-down student pages and teaching instructions side by side on a landscape-orientation A4 page)

The materials are aimed at students who:

- work or plan to work abroad as a missionary or in a Christian environment
- study theology in English or study English while attending a theology college
- attend international church services, Bible studies, Christian conferences, work camps or holidays
- prefer Christian to secular teaching content

Whereas most Christian EFL* materials seek to convert learners to the Christian faith, this series is designed for students who are already Christians, and does not follow an evangelistic approach.


* EFL (English as a Foreign Language) = ESL (English as a Second Language) = ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) = ELT (English Language Teaching) = TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) = TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) = TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
These terms tend to be used interchangeably.


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With 12 years’ experience as a language teacher, I’m now a part-time writer of English teaching materials. I hold the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and have completed International Training Network’s course “The Christian teacher”. With my diverse church background, I’ve experienced a range of different denominations, countries and nationalities. This has shown me that there are specific skills and vocabulary items that Christians need in an English-speaking context. So I’ve set out to create varied, communicative learning materials, which I hope you will find both useful and enjoyable!

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