ABOUT THIS UNIT
Students can read out a passage from the Bible correctly and clearly, making it easy for their audience to follow the reading.
- Levels: intermediate - advanced (B1-C1)
- Time: approx. 6 hours
After discussing their own experiences of reading Biblical texts aloud, students try out three online resources that give the pronunciation of English words and names. They learn the phonemic script and practise deciphering it.
They are presented with the rules of sentence stress, pausing between chunks of text and linking words. Employing these rules and techniques, they prepare to read out short Bible passages.
Students learn the English names of all books of the Bible and their pronunciation. They practise them together with liturgical opening and closing words for reading out Scripture in a service.
Next, they concentrate on old English from the King James Version of the Bible. Through the method of guided discovery and a group game, they notice and understand key features of KJV grammar and vocabulary. Learning and singing the hymn 'Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer' makes them aware of old English outside Biblical texts.
In a final reading (either from the KJV or a modern version of the Bible), they 'dramatise' lines of dialogue and put into practice everything else which they've learnt in this unit.
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.
This is the Word of the Lord - Reading out Scripture
(English for Christians)
Publication date: 23/11/2014
Pronunciation of Biblical names, chunking, liturgical opening words, KJV English
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