How to Use an English Salon for Integrated Skill Development

group of ESL students in an English salon classroom working on integrated skill development in small groups

This blog post includes English Salon ideas for lesson plans to help students develop their knowledge of language, the meaning of words, and confidence.

Prepare Students

If you’re looking to develop an English Salon for your high school curriculum to help improve your high school students’ integrated skills, you’ve come to the right place. English Salons offer various lessons aimed at helping students develop reading, writing, and communication abilities through integrated skill development. By focusing on the critical areas for knowledge of language, teachers provide a well-rounded language learning lesson that can prepare students for success both in and out of the classroom.

Integrated Skill Development

In an English Salon, students are exposed to various styles and methods of teaching, allowing them to learn from multiple perspectives and develop proficient language functions. Whether participating in a lesson for creative writing, English language arts, social studies, world literature, literary analysis, physical education, or writing out parts of speech, there are many different ways for students to develop their skills through real-life situations.

Knowledge of Language

An English Salon’s holistic approach to learning pushes students to develop their knowledge of language, confidence, and self-esteem. Developing these characteristics in different contexts during high school makes it easier for students to succeed in the future when tackling English-speaking environments.

Lesson Plans

English Salon lessons must feature highly qualified English language teachers. Collaboratively working together, teachers offer a variety of teaching and learning formats, including online, in-person, and blended learning models ensuring students are delivered opportunities to practice integrated skill development with their English lessons. This method allows students to build comprehension, use context, and develop command of the conventions of standard english grammar through speaking and listening to English through discussion, interactive games, and exercises. Developing student confidence in using English to interact and learning new ways to express their point of view are two specific purposes of an English Salon. Other purposes are to help students to develop their understanding of figurative language and improve pronunciation, increase the meaning of words, and vocabulary knowledge with real-world examples.

Collaborative Teaching Strategy

Using an English Salon, English teachers improve their teaching skills and learn from each other. Teachers share and discuss lesson plans, evaluate informational texts and activities, and brainstorm ways to improve their skills. This technical education is a unique opportunity that gives teachers the tools they need to help their students develop. In addition, teachers meet informally for coffee and conversation or schedule private lessons to develop relationships and develop professionally.

The English classroom can often be a stressful place to be for students who are speakers of other languages. Many students feel pressured to speak English in a situation with their peers where they’re not necessarily proficient. Teachers who use an English Salon as part of their curriculum plan for the entire year help students focus on learning from real-world and relatable content in a welcoming and social environment up to the end of the school year. This focus helps students to engage and practice English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. 

English Salon

An English Salon offers various lessons aimed at helping students develop their reading, writing, and communication abilities through integrated skill development. In addition, each lesson provides opportunities for students to practice these skills in discussion and interactive games that are fun and engaging. Opportunities for students to practice make an English Salon ideal for those looking to improve their English skills comprehensively. 

Unit Plans

Creating a unit plan with lesson plans for an English Salon offers individualized learning experiences for each student. Practical activities, paired with fun and challenging tasks, engage students of all ages and language abilities. Including formative assessments at the end of each lesson ensures students leave each session feeling proud of their achievements.

Opportunities to Practice

An English Salon focuses on critical areas to provide a well-rounded knowledge of language for students. In each lesson, students develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In addition, each lesson must provide students with opportunities to practice these essential English skills through discussions and interactive games. Using real-world examples and scenarios ensure students experience fun and engaging way of learning English.  

Career Readiness

These programs aim to prepare students for success both in and out of the classroom and to enhance their career readiness level. English Salons focus on integrated skill development for English, and each lesson provides opportunities for students to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in discussions and interactive games that are fun and engaging. The goal of an English Salon is to prepare students for success both in the classroom and in their everyday lives.

Sample English Salon Curriculum Map

Designed for high school courses and 10th grade curriculum, the English Salon will focus on integrated skill development for English. Each lesson has creative ways for tenth graders to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in discussions and interactive games that are fun and engaging. In addition, teachers provide game buzzers for groups and prizes for students. 

Lesson Format

Three English teachers will collaboratively teach the English Salon activities and use the following format for each session:

  1. Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes
  2. Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes
  3. Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes
  4. Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes
  5. Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes
Student Evaluation

Students complete a written evaluation at the end of each lesson in their groups with the following questions:

  • What was your favorite part of the lesson?
  • What English skills do you want to practice next lesson?
  • Who is one person you will invite to our next English Salon?

Curriculum Plan and Lesson Plans

The following lessons work well with unit plans for an English Salon. Interactive games provide opportunities for students to engage in the learning experience with each other. In addition, the format used with collaborative teaching helps manage each lesson activity’s time effectively. 

Meaning of Words

Target vocabulary for each lesson should include relevant words and sentence structures for students to practice and develop their understanding of the meaning of words. Target vocabulary is included in the interactive games and formative assessments.

These are vital areas of focus for the English language using the target vocabulary in each English Salon lesson:

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure
  • Verb Tense
  • Parallel Structure

Lesson Plan One

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare an introduction and include information about themselves, where they are from, geography, interesting facts, and vocabulary.

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Where is your hometown, what’s the local cuisine, what’s something tourists might like, what’s the weather like?

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Jeopardy interactive game with groups. Questions include vocabulary (Teachers choose five words each for each presentation), population, and facts—prizes for game activity. 

This video shows an example of how to create a jeopardy game:

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes
Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Two

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about different foods and dishes in our countries of origin and relevant target vocabulary.

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Students identify their favorite foods/cuisine/ dishes in groups and work on translating from Chinese to English. The focus of this lesson is on grammar, verb tenses, and vocabulary.

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Choose your own adventure game (What country will students end up in with their food choices?)—prizes for game activity.

This video shows how to make a Choose Your Own Adventure game with Google Forms:

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Three

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Debate: Does money = happiness? (Use 20 topic cards, and students randomly choose cards) McDonald’s vs. KFC, Beijing more comfortable to live in than Shanghai, better to have one good friend than many, winter or summer? Mobile phones have a positive influence on young people. What is the greatest invention? (Students select their invention, then debate about it).

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students prepare their responses for their debate topics. 

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Debate activity between groups.

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Four

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about the three most significant inventions and relevant target vocabulary.

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students identify what they believe is the greatest invention and develop their topic. 

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Debate activity between groups. 

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Five

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about a travel destination and relevant target vocabulary. In addition, several virtual tours are available online for museums and sites worldwide. These virtual tours are included in presentations to students. 

Here are examples of virtual tours available online:

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students discuss their travel experiences. Where did you go, what did you see, what was the memory?

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Choose your own adventure game. 

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Six

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about a travel itinerary and relevant target vocabulary. In addition, statistics about the costs and expenses associated with travel to different destinations are presented to students.

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students work through a worksheet to develop their travel itinerary to a destination of their choice. They are provided with travel destination options to consider. Each group has $10,000.00 in Monopoly money to spend on their travel itinerary. The groups will write their travel brochure for their chosen destination and include an itinerary for Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 activities, airfare, hotel expenses, and associated expenses. Each group will present their travel brochure, poster, and itinerary to the class. 

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Choose your own adventure game. 

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Seven

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about the skills they have learned and relevant target vocabulary. This lesson focuses on what we can play, make, sing, use, and do. 

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students identify the skills they have learned and what they believe they are very good at. 

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Typhoon Speaking Game to build sentences as they relate to skills using Subject + Verb + Object. 

This video shows an example of a Typhoon Speaking game:

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Lesson Plan Eight

Presentation (Theme, Vocabulary) 15 minutes

Each teacher will prepare a presentation about the important sports in each country and relevant target vocabulary. (Hockey, Rugby, and American Football) 

Discussion (Practicing Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

In groups, students identify the sports that are popular in their countries. 

Game/ Quiz (Facilitated in Groups using Vocabulary and Statements) 20 minutes

Jeopardy interactive game with groups. Questions include vocabulary (Teachers choose five words each for each presentation), sports game rules, and facts—prizes for game activity. 

Closing Activity (Formative Assessment) 10 minutes

Lesson Evaluation (Written) 10 minutes

Thanks for stopping by! What activities do you use in your English Salon?

Unit next time,

Suzanne

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