I. I do it
“I” represents the teacher or tutor and includes any or all of the following:
This step is very teacher-controlled.
II. We do it
“We” means the teacher/tutor and learners are practicing together, or learners are working on structured activities, with lots of teacher support, as they practice the new language or skill in multiple ways. Examples of “we do it” would be:
III. You do it
“You” represents the learners. They are now practicing on their own, applying what they’ve just practiced, as the tutor/teacher moves among them, observing and providing assistance as needed. These are called “free practice” activities and tend to be more authentic or “real life” situations.
Applying the I/we/you sequence in your lessons will keep you from forgetting important steps.
A quick example:
I. I do it: T models a short dialogue using a picture, props, gestures, etc.
II. We do it: Learners repeat after T, one line a time, with multiple opportunities to repeat.
III. You do it: Learners practice dialogue in pairs, while T observes and assists.
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