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[1 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Scary Stories for Beginners

So my vocational school students failed to be able to retell the scary stories that I gave them as part of my Halloween Lesson Plan. They could read them and grasp the main ideas ok, but they didn’t have the English necessary to retell them in English. They were also wary to reenact them, which I thought they would think was fun. One girl said she had never studied acting so she was nervous. I gave them a demo, but they weren’t biting.
So I ended up having them retell them …Continue

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[11 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]

I haven’t posted my lesson plans for my beginners recently primarily because I’ve been too busy putting together the plans and then adjusting them as I get used to how long things take and what they need to know. But I have learned two lessons I thought were valuable. One has to do with underestimating their language level and the other has to do with underestimating their enthusiasm.
I tried out Pancakes at 8 in the evening with my beginners. We’d been doing routines and daily activities so it fit in …Continue

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[30 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]

I’ve gotten some great tips from English Companion Ning and also some fellow teachers on how to teach 3-hour-long classes. Some of the ideas I am implementing include:

Journal Writing Time at the beginning of class
Silent Reading (will test their reading ability today or next class and see how much they can handle)
Transitions Between Tasks maybe with a little wrap-up of what we learned or common mistakes or a short 5 minute activity like a guessing game or a jazz chant or something!
Lots and lots of pair and group work so …Continue

Lesson Plan »

[25 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

I designed this lesson plan based on the fairly standard one of teaching present simple, every day activities and adverbs of frequency, while trying to keep in mind the critique that this can lead to inauthentic sentences (How often do you take a shower? Sometimes-who talks like that?).

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[22 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Teaching beginners, I am seeing the value of using flashcards. Yesterday at the vocational school I had a pretty good activity where I gave them pictures of jobs, names of jobs, pictures of instruments that go with those jobs and the names. They had to match everything up themselves (More detail and the cards themselves here). It went great. They worked hard and enjoyed it. Need to review that vocab obviously, but I think they got a lot of it. One of the funnier bits was that a lot of …Continue

Lesson Plan »

[20 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Jobs and Families

This lesson plan was designed for high-school beginners as an early lesson to test their level and give them a basic framework for communication. The topic today was jobs and also family words.

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[18 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Had my first class with my vocational school kids.
Suprise #1: It’s way the heck out of town.
Surprise #2: the person who came with me didn’t actually know where it was so we drove around nowhere, Kazakhstan for almost an hour and a half.
Surprise #3: I thought I had 4 groups of kids for 45 minutes each. Turns out I have the same group of kids for 3 hours straight! Needless to say we burned through everything I had planned and then some. Seriously, the main reason I …Continue

Lesson Plan »

[15 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

This is another lesson plan I put together for working with young adult beginners. This lesson covers both asking for and giving basic biographical information like name, phone number, address and “Can I/May I” to ask for permission.

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[15 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]

This is a basic lesson plan I put together for a class with teenagers from 15-22 in a vocational school. The students were beginner to elementary level. My main goals were to test their level, and lay a foundation of the basics for future classes, as well as to give them some classroom English.