Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/7B/Lesson 5
Opening class talking about the student's school trip last Saturday, and closing it discussing my trip last week to Hawaii. In between doing textbook activities, hoping to get a discussion going about city/country life. After that, have them practice their hearing with difficult questions about the textbook material.
- Students will enjoy themselves, creating a positive association with the English language.
- Create an atmosphere that's comfortable enough for students to feel take chances speaking English to me and their peers.
- Ask the right questions to get a lively discussion going about either their trip or city/country life.
- Engage all of them by asking unexpected textbook questions, forcing them to listen closely to really understand whats going on.
- Find a way to make practicing English more appealing to them than speaking to their friends in Chinese.
Before Class Starts
- Ask everyone to get into their seats.
- Walk around the room small talking with different students.
- Get the computer turned on if it works.
- Open a blank word document.
Greeting: Yo! What's up?
- Practice the "What's up?" routine.
- If they don't remember, review.
Opening Discussion: Talk about their trip
- Did you do something special last Saturday?
- Write all the answers on the word document.
- Where did you go?
- How did you get there?
- What did you do on the bus?
- What did you take pictures of?
- Did you have fun?
- Why did you go on the trip?
Textbook: Page 14 Let's get ready A
- Where would you rather live in the city or the country? and why?
- What kind of job do you need to live in a city? the country?
Textbook: Page 15 Let's listen 1 A Tapescript Page 78
- b4 starting - what is a penfriend?
- Read it correctly the first time, then change around the words to see if they're listening. (Mr. Brown)
- Instead of "I live in England." Read "I live in France" and so on.
Textbook: Page 16 Let's listen 2 A Tapescript Page 78
- After reading, when you ask the questions say "What is across from the school?" or "What is diagonal from the ______?" (Mr. Brown)
Textbook: Page 16 Let's listen 2 B (Maybe)
- (Mr. Brown)
Discuss: Talk about my trip
- Chose one of the following depending on my and the class's mood.
- Traveling from shanghai -> tokyo -> hawaii
- Hawaiian Culture: flower over a girl's ear, right ear = single, left ear = not single
- Hawaiian Culture: hang loose hand gesture is the same as 6 hand gesture in China
- Hawaiian Language: aloha = hello
- Hawaiian Language: mahalo = thank you
- Show the pics of my family, including the one of us with the pair of locals and quiz the kids about the hand gestures and flowers.
Extra Time: Number of Letters? Game (Mr. Brown)
- Make two teams.
- Tell them to make a word that begins with one letter, e.g. D, and has 6 letters.
- Go back and forth between the teams making the words.
31 Mar 2010 Grade 7 Class 11
- Kids were in a good mood, and we got a solid discussion going about their trip.
- Took Mr. Brown's suggestion of reading the textbook wrong, and it got a bunch of giggles from the students.
- I just kept on reading. Perhaps next time I should stop when I make a mistake and ask them what they think?
- They were not too interested in me talking about my Hawaii trip, but they did like the candy.
- Review the Hawaiian culture?
31 Mar 2010 Grade 7 Class 11
- Short discussion about the trip, but a long discussion about the city vs. the country and what jobs they would like to do.
- In Let's get ready A on page 14, I have a difficult time expressing the activitiy. Many students put "See a film" in the "Only City" list which is fair, but at the same time, it isn't what the activity calls for.
- Near the end of class 3 boys came to the front to do a hula dance, but we ran out of time. Ask them if they'd try again?
- Ideas I got from Stuart Brown, I acknowledged with (Mr. Brown).
- I would like to thank all the 7th and 8th grade classes at Anqing Foreign Language School who had this lesson for their participation and feedback. I would also like to thank the Anqing Foreign Language School for allowing me to teach there.
Version 0.3 30 Mar 2010
- Included suggestions from Mr. Brown for the textbook activities.
- Typed up what I've evolved to be doing in class over the first 5 lessons of the week.