Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/Introductory Lesson

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7 Sep 2010 45 English Salon None N/A 1 Student & teacher introductions. 25+ 2.0

Preface edit

My first week at this positon started on Wednesday, September 1st 2009. Until that Friday I was basically doing version 0.1 (based this lesson largely off lessons I gave in Japan the year prior) of this plan to 50-ish students in their own classrooms. After that my colleague Mr. Brown arrived and I taught version 2.0 to 25+ kids in the English Salon. Overall they went OK, nobody got killed, but I ran my first class of second semester quite differently. I'd recommend basing your first lesson off the latter, not this. I was too much of a friend here, by round two I introduced myself as their teacher.

Lesson edit

Introduction edit

Learning Outcome: Students and teacher will learn one another's names, and get to know each other.

Plan edit

  1. Introduce Myself
    • 4 Minutes
    • Name, country, home city, favorite foods and sports.
    • Check to see if they understand.
  2. Have students make a line. [1]
    • 5 Minutes
    • Tell students they have to line up by birthday, and that they can only speak in English.
  3. Name and Pictures
    • 10 Minutes
    • Tell students to come forward, shake hands with me and tell me their English and Chinese names.
    • I will then take a picture and they have to write their names down, along with their favorite food.
    • Afterwards, students have to fill in the desks accordingly, not where they were sitting before.
  4. Students Interview One Another [2]
    • 20 Minutes
    • Students will interview one another to introduce their partner to the class.
    • Name? Favorite Food? Least Favorite Food? Hobby? Dream? Why do you want to study English? Fear?
      • Pick 3 questions, based on their level.
  5. Ask if Students Have Any Questions for Me
    • 5 Minutes
    • If they don't move on.

Extra Time edit

  1. 2 Truths, 1 Lie [3]
    • 15 Minutes
    • Ask if they know what a lie is?
    • Explain that we are going to play a game where they will write down 2 truths & 1 lie.
    • Prompts:
      • My favorite food is ...
      • My dream job is ...
      • I am afraid of ...
      • My favorite music is ...
      • My favorite subject is ...
  2. Hangman
    • 5 Minutes

Addendum edit

Acknowledgments edit

Idea for negotiation rules with the kids came from my boss at East Meets West China at our 2009 Orientation Meeting in Shanghai.

Notes edit

  1. Beck, Heinrich H. "Lining up in Alphabetical Order". Dave's ESL Cafe. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  2. Beck, Heinrich H. "Student Interviews". Dave's ESL Cafe. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  3. Wagner, Jennifer. "2 Truths & 1 Lie MS Word Document". ielanguages.com. Retrieved 2011-02-15.

Changelog edit

Version: Date & Time: Published @: Document Type: License: Details:
2.0 15 Feb 2011 Wikiversity Mediawiki CCASA Discovered a Version 2.0 of the lesson on 7 Sep 2009 of my first notebook.
0.22 14 Feb 2011 Wikiversity Mediawiki CCASA Tried to finalize the formatting on this plan that I'll then use on all of them.
0.21 5 Feb 2011 Wikiversity Mediawiki CCASA Added some formatting on a friend's comp.
0.2 4 Feb 2011 Wikiversity Mediawiki CCASA What you are now reading, made the original Mediawiki friendly.
0.1 Mr. Danoff's Teaching Laboratory Text File Public Domain