Your preparation task

We look forward to seeing you on this exciting interactive practice session!

But before the session, there are a few things you’ll need to do in preparation…

We recommend that you use a laptop or PC with a stable internet connection for the session. Please make sure to have both your video and audio working for the session – your tutor will need to see you so that s/he can give you feedback on your set up and practice lesson. For that reason, please make sure that the space you are using has good lighting.

We recommend that you do a practice run with a friend beforehand, so that you can overcome any teething problems before the live session.

Please complete the following tasks before the session in order to make the most of the allocated time with your tutor. They’ll be asking for your feedback during the session, so be sure to give it some thought.

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1.

Watch a short clip from the following lesson:

» Write down 3 positive teaching skills you notice the teacher putting into practice.
» Also, make a note of one thing that she does that you would perhaps do differently.

2.

Have a look at the following teaching resources and decide which you would choose for the following learners – and think about why:

a.) Teaching resource #1
b.) Teaching resource #2
c.) Teaching resource #3
d.) Teaching resource #4

An elementary level young learner
An intermediate teen learner
A pre-intermediate adult learner
An advanced adult learner

3.

Try to practice a mock “lesson” with a friend on Zoom (which we will be using for the live session) – and be ready with some feedback as to how it went.

Watch this video for some tips on how to use Zoom for an online lesson:

or download this guide.

4.

Choose one of the following topics to plan a 3 – 5 minute lesson which you will present and be given feedback on during the live practice session. You can decide whether you want to teach a one-to-one class or a group class. We will do the warmer and presentation stage (your peers on the session will be your “students”) and then you can explain what would come next in terms of practice/production (we won’t actually do this part, but be ready to describe it). Make sure you have a clear idea what age group and language level the lesson is for – your course tutor will ask you that. Here are the topic choices:

a) Colours (Elementary level)
b) Using “should” and “shouldn’t” for giving advice (Pre-Intermediate level)
c) Booking a hotel room over the phone (Intermediate and up)

Your lesson plan can be a very short and simple outline (not to be submitted) and should include:
  A warmer of 30 seconds or so
  Presentation: teach by eliciting from a context (3 – 4 minutes)
 Practice and Production phase = be ready to explain what follow up practice your student/s would do next

 

Here are some lesson plan examples

Use this example as an idea only – be sure to create your own using your wonderful ideas!

One-to-One class for a Pre-Intermediate learner aged 24:
* Warmer = give the student 30 seconds to brainstorm and make notes on the dos and don’ts of meeting online (eg. Don’t wear your pyjamas//Do switch on your video)
* Presentation = teacher elicits “how could we give these rules to someone as advice?” See if you can elicit shouldn’t/shouldn’t and go over the form and rules of using them (eg. should + base verb = should switch…// shouldn’t wear… etc.)
* Practice = teacher writes a few gap fill sentences in the chat space and the student needs to decide what form of the verb would complete the sentences correctly (eg. The most important thing is you _______________ speak clearly//You __________ interrupt while someone else is speaking)
* Production = conversation about any other advice for online meetings. Teacher makes a note of any corrections and goes over them after the conversation

Group Class of Elementary learners aged 9 – 11:
* Warmer = ask each student to say their favourite colour
* Presentation = teacher holds up different flashcards with fruits and food on them and asks specific students if they can answer the question “what colour is it?”. Teacher drills the pronunciation of each word with the whole group and then with each individual student
* Practice = teacher holds up a flashcard and students need to write other objects or foods that they know which have that colour. Go over answers together as a class to check for both meaning and pronunciation
* Production = students write 3 sentences each using 3 colours from the lesson and then each student gets a chance to read out their sentence for the whole group


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