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Help with lesson planning and creating a syllabus! 
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Post Help with lesson planning and creating a syllabus!
Hey all,

I am VERY fresh ESL ‘teacher’ who started teaching in South Korea one month ago today! My job is in the public school sector, I visit a different school each day of the week, and teach children aged between 7 and 16. I only teach 22 hours per week, but each school I teach at wants me to teach with my own materials, and steer clear of the traditional textbooks that the kids use.

Now, rather than become a teacher who gets by playing bingo each and every lesson, I want to take the high road and actually teach the kids! The problem I have is:

- Where to start?! I
want my lessons to have a logical progression through the year, but at the moment I’m only just keeping my head above the water, lesson planning every waking moment. I can only live on 5 hours sleep for so long!

At the moment, I am teaching the present continuous to all the kids who are Grade 6 elementary, or who are Middle School. I have seen improvement believe it or not! But I need to be taking them somewhere, and I don’t know where to go next! HELP!!!!!

Also, the schools want a conversational approach, but the level is mainly low, and most of the time the ‘co-teachers’ are missing in action!

Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Mark


Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:44 pm
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Hi Mark,

my suggestion would be, no matter what the schools want you to actually do, just take a textbook of your choice for the correct level and look up the cirriculum there. This way you have at least some idea how the progression should be, what to do first, next, etc.

When you know this, you can go ahead and create your own material. This whole site is very helpful and another site which was posted by our member Snowflake somewhere else:

http://bogglesworldesl.com/adultesl1.htm

I hope Snowflake doesn't mind and I hope I could help you.

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Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:55 pm
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My advice is that you should try to take keepie's advice and find any book just to get the curriculum, and modify the lessons on your own. For present continuous get the verbs flashcards and make your students tell you what the people on the pictures are doing.

http://www.mes-english.com/flashcards/verbs.php

and maybe these are more suitable for young children, they can give you an idea

http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/f ... inuous.php
http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/f ... estion.php
http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/f ... us_neg.php

Or just mime the actions on your own, and the one that says it right gets to mime next.

Hope this helps!

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Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:09 am
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I'd agree that even though they don't want you to use a textbook, modeling the class after one would be a good place to start. Actually, I think you should get a hold of the textbook they are using or are going to be using. Then see how you can supplement that or prepare them for that.

I taught at Japanese junior high schools for 8 years. That's when Japanese kids start studying English more seriously. I had plenty of chances to evaluste the textbooks and students' performance. I used that information to tweak my own curriculum and give students the help I felt they weren't getting in school.

Although, it's still in its infant stages, you might be able to glean something from the MES curriculum - www.mes-english.com/curriculum/

There are also a few podcasts that on ESL Teacher Talk that go over the MES curriculum almost in full.

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Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:05 pm
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Hey, thanks for the advice guys. I have managed to get hold of the 'English Time' series printed by Oxford University. I was wondering if any one has used these before? They seem like they’d be good for my elementary classes. Any feedback?

Also, how do you get Middle School students to talk freely?! I have one Middle School where the kids are angelic and soooo enthusiastic about English. The other Middle School has large classes and unresponsive kids, with a low English level. Any magical ideas? Thank you all once again for your replies, it is much appreciated.


Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:16 pm
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For conversation you should visit the site keepie already told you about, it has really useful worksheets.
Also try:

http://bogglesworldesl.com/conversations.htm
http://bogglesworldesl.com/survivalESL.htm
http://bogglesworldesl.com/directions.htm

After trying these role-plays, students get more comfortable to try to speak.

Hope this helps

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Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:51 am
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Getting middle school students to talk, maybe you could use a trick and sing pop songs with them at first, providing the lyrics as well.
Usually the groups or singers have a website where you can find the lyrics as well or just google the title of the song and add 'lyrics'.
Maybe they loose a bit of their reluctance to speak and open up a bit by 'speaking' when actually singing.

After that you could try and get them really talking.

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