Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/Introductory Lesson

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Date: Lesson Length (Min): Location: Textbook: Chapter #: Lesson #: Topic: Number of Students: Document Version:
7 Sep 2010 45 English Salon None N/A 1 Student & teacher introductions. 25+ 2.0

Preface[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

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

Plan[edit | edit source]

  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 | edit source]

  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 | edit source]

Acknowledgments[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  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 | edit source]

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