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Need a lesson plan
« on: February 02, 2009, 10:52:24 AM »
Any got any ideas for 1-nensei?

It is a low level class and this is what they have done so far:

Time, Comparatives, Body language, prepositions, superstitions, how are you (illness/emotions), mobile phone english, pronunciation, food, shopping, the world, describing people, Ireland...maybe more but that is all I can think of at the moment.

Basically, this is going to be their second last lesson with me. Their last one will be something fun, but this has to be something that I can include int heir final test.

Suggestions?
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 11:04:08 AM »
Advice?

You should/shouldn't...
I would/wouldn't if I were you.
Why don't you...?

After doing some practice as a class, they had to draw cards I made with problems on them with their partner and then give advice.

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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2009, 11:12:39 AM »
In honor of today, how about talking about burrowing animals.

Or realistically, you could do restaurant english.
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 11:15:15 AM »
In honor of today, how about talking about burrowing animals.

Or realistically, you could do restaurant english.

They covered restaurant english with food.

Advice?

You should/shouldn't...
I would/wouldn't if I were you.
Why don't you...?

After doing some practice as a class, they had to draw cards I made with problems on them with their partner and then give advice.

Did that take a whole class?
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009, 11:24:55 AM »
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Write a few problems you'd find in a newspaper, "I think my boyfriend is sleeping around", "My dog keeps barking at the postman", "My kid sister keeps wetting the bed" etc.

The students randomly get assigned 1 of the problems, and they must write advice to them. Either funny or serious is fine.

For the last 10 mins of class, read out some of the advice answers and have a laugh with the students.

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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009, 12:16:45 PM »
always do follow-up classes, I think...for example you did one lesson on describing people--the word "describe " is key and I like to use it all year--anyway, have them describe a festival or take a cue from the other thread and do "describing strange Japanese festivals to foreigners" in your next class....make the lessons flow into each other if you can...


Another nice lesson is to teach them the proper reaction to simple situations
" I lost my wallet"  would illicit the "That's too bad" instead of "OH MY GOD!  That's INCREDIBLE!!"
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009, 12:42:26 PM »
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2009, 01:08:16 PM »
Do conditionals if you think they can handle if, as in, if I won 100000000 yen, I would...  Actually, not sure if those are called conditionals.  Whatever.

I like Rick's thing too.
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009, 01:11:14 PM »
... I like Rick's thing too.
:mrgreen:

You could always do a "... yes, and ..." story game too.
Example:
1st kid: "I went to the park."
2nd kid: "Yes, and I saw a man."
3rd kid: "Yes, and he was drinking beer."
4th kid: "Yes, and his wife was sad."
5th kid: "Yes, and she liked tennis."
xth kid: "Yes, and ..."
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009, 02:32:54 PM »
here's a lesson I recently did that worked well with my students.  they seem to be on about the same level as yours. 

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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 03:25:13 PM »
This isn't a huge help as I'm still working on it but how about making a lesson plan about buying a motorbike. A lot of the 1st years have this on there mind as when they get to second year lots of them buy one. My kyonan boys are gonna love this lesson.
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Re: Need a lesson plan
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2009, 03:28:49 PM »
Did that take a whole class?
First
Go over the phrases you want to practice.  Have them repeat, read some practice sentences out loud.  I had a few more example sentences with the Japanese for them to read.  The JTE could chime in with some Japanese explanation too.

Next
With their partners, they work together to come up with some advice for three problems.  I had already written the phrase, they just had to finish the sentence.  We went over the meaning of the problems in class.  I asked students to translate for everyone.

After a few minutes
Ask three students to write their answer on the board then read it.  If the class is really genki, you can probably ask for more examples, if not, write down ones you saw a lot of students writing, so they know they wrote a good answer.

Then
Hand out your problem cards to each pair.  I had twelve cards in a set, but they only had to do four problems.  Some of the problems were easy to understand and some we went over the vocabulary, "What's 'hate' in Japanese?" "What's 'ugly?' etc.  Some were funny problems and some weren't.

Have one person draw a card and read it to their partner.  Their partner must give some advice back using the phrases.  I had them write their problems/advice down on their classwork.

**This took a lot of time!

When most pairs have finished, I had them insert their problems/advice into a short dialogue.  After they had practiced them, I called on groups to perform.  I had classes where everyone wanted to perform, and some where I had to randomly pick a group.

Extra time
I picked a problem card and asked for advice from a student.

Depending on the speed of the class, I got anywhere from not being able to get to the dialogue to having extra time.

Because of scheduling problems, some classes had 1/2 the class one week and 1/2 the next.  The picking cards/giving advice, and the dialogue, and extra time, filled 55 minutes easily if I gave them more time to work and asked for more volunteers.