last engrish class of the semester

10 12 2010

i don’t think i’ll re-up next semester. engrish + j-school = bleary-eyed susan.
though elsa and i agreed we spent less time preparing, we both felt like better teachers this semester. i can see how teaching requires a year or more to hit your stride.

this semester was way more challenging with 8-9 students at different literacy and speaking levels. we didn’t know we had it so good last semester with 4 eager, talkative students.

dunno if our students learned any engrish (i hope so!), but here’s what i learned this semester:

  • start class with an warm-up or conversational activitah.
  • give directions slowly. be confident with instructions.
  • getting up and walking around makes lessons more engaging
  • props are good
  • give explicit, simple directions. yeah, i need work on that.
  • more STT, less TTT!

Vietnamese birthdays

15 10 2010

elsa and i taught days, dates and months last night. “go fish” card game played with months = tons of fun.

byeh didn’t know when his birthday is. then he offered january 1. his sister byoh said the same. here’s why vietnamese people celebrate birthdays on new years.

less “teacher talk time” last night. more student talk time.

ESOL in Dtown

10 03 2010

so excited so excited. yea yea yea!

i’m going to volunteer at The Durham Literacy Center which has (tada) ESOL teaching opportunities. the next orientation is in late August, by which time, I’ll have finished the TESOL certificate. so the good information i’ve learned won’t seep out of my head. teaching opportunities are one night a week for a two-hour class, 16-week semester.

but in the meantime, one of the volunteer teachers would like to have a TA assist, so i’m going in March 25th. Regina says it’s a fun class–only 10 students, some from Burma, Iraq…

i am so excited! this is going to be a good volunteer fit.