Hallowe’en seems to have been ages ago, but the colours of this day are still here – the pitch-black sky at eight in the morning when I walk to work, the orange balls of street lamps and large white snowflakes. Orange is everywhere – people tend to surround themselves with bright colours in November. Psychologists say they will help to fight seasonal gloom. Psychologists always know better than ordinary people what is good or bad. But even they can be mistaken.
For example, they claim that a reader tends to pay more attention to the centre of the page and is likely to ignore the information on the margins. But with Global you simply can’t ignore corners and margins: the main text is usually placed in the corner of the page. Learner cannot miss the other information, either, because it is in the centre, and, in this way, they absorb everything on the page. This is a very clever way of increasing productivity, especially when part of the unit is given as homework. Neither Andrey nor Ruslan says: ‘Oops! I’ve missed it, it is written in small print somewhere below …’ I had a look at Global Intermediate, which I am planning to use with a more advanced student, and was happy to see that the same style is followed there, too.
Unit 4 in Global Beginner took more time than I had planned. But as the delay was caused by something positive, I didn’t mind. I decided to substitute the task about the Allstar Hotel in the coursebook with a more specific and stdent-oriented task. Instead of the Allstar Hotel, Andrey and Ruslan had to use There is / There are … in the sentences about a real hotel they had stayed at. Ruslan even brought pictures of his family from his last holiday. Andrey didn’t bring pictures, but he described the hotel in Egypt in such detail that I actually didn’t need pictures to imagine it. The same story happened when we were discussing shops and supermarkets. All this took a lot of time, but my students actually started to speak!
This is the feature I like about Global – you can adapt the material for individual needs and interests of your students without losing the integrity of the unit.
We have just started Unit 5. The guys are eager to pass over to other verbs than to be. To be is obviously not enough to express the ideas my students have!