We look forward to seeing you on this exciting interactive session!
If you are able, try to have the session on a laptop with a stable internet connection. You can do it on your phone if necessary, but a laptop with either an inbuilt camera/microphone or else a webcam and headset with microphone is preferable.
We recommend that you do a practice run with a friend beforehand so that you can overcome any teething problems before the practice session.
Please complete the following tasks before the session in order to make the most of the allocated time with your Course Tutor. They will be asking for your feedback, so be sure to give it some thought.
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.
Have a look at the following teaching resources and decide which you would choose for the following learners – and think about why:
✓ An elementary level young learner
✓ An intermediate teen learner
✓ A pre-intermediate adult learner
✓ An advanced adult learner
Try to practise a mock “lesson” with a friend on Zoom (which we will be using for the Practical Course) or Google Meet/Teams/Skype if you prefer and be ready with feedback as to how it went.
Watch this video for some tips on how to use Zoom for an online lesson
Choose one of the following topics to plan a 3 – 5 minute lesson which you will present and be given feedback on during the Practical Virtual Course. 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 call 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
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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