Wow! 3 hours is
too long. I think I'd ask them to split the class in two ninety minute segments with some other class between. But maybe that's not possible.
Why can't you do games?
I think activities that are fun (call them games if you'd like) work really well for language acquisition. I think some people think you're just goofing off when you say 'game'. If that's the case, start using the appropriate word 'speaking activity' and see how that goes over. If the activity is well thought out, you can practice something repeatedly and get in 4-5 times the practice you'd see via a written approach.
If the administration is worried about accuracy, then follow up with worksheets ( www.toolsforeducators.com
There are some worksheet makers on that site that might suit your groups) or listening exercises that confirm understanding of the material ( www.123listening.com
- this is still a secret that I'm working on.) Do they provide you with a curriculum? If not, you could stress to them that that is the administrations responsibility. they can't just send you to a class, tell you to 'teach English' and then complain about it or say we don't want you to do that.
Worksheets seem to make everyone happy. People feel like 'real' learning is going on. Worksheets will also give you the teacher a break (3 hours full on is also a lot for you.) It's also a record of sorts that something happened today. Students also feel like they've accomplished something by completing several worksheets.
I'd probably break the class up into several segments that repeat or build
- discussion circle (simple questions and answer)
- listening exercise using the questions we just used
- exercise time (students respond to verbal commands)
- reading time: read them a story or two and point out object and ask questions as you go.
- vocabulary introduction
- small game (activity) to solidify vocabulary
- phonics time - introduce letters or phonics rules
- use the previous vocabulary in some target structure
- small game (activity) to solidify language
- listening/reading or writing activity to verify understing
- return to phonics and read some words or sentences off the board using todays rules
- a matching exercise (read and match to the picture, match upper and lower case ...)
- singing time
- a review of what was covered today: discussion circle questions, new vocab, new target language, and phonics rules
Is that 3 hours?
No matter how you look at it, it's going to be a lot of preparation for you.
- puppet shows
- short skits
- role plays at a restaurant, ice cream shop, cooking with mom ...
- coloring by command