September 05, 2006

First Classes...
I had my first class on Monday afternoon, when I got back from the medical exam in Shijiazhuang. I was a bit surprised to have 62 eager faces staring at me -I had been expecting 30-35. Aside from that the class was OK, although I need to explain the activities in smaller steps.
Yesterday I had two classes, one with 65 and the other with 66 students. They went much better, and I think the students learned more as well. I did an exercise where I put my name on the board, then draw a star around it. In each of the 5 points I put something about myself -Canada, chocolate, French, green, sister- and I get the students to ask me questions about these things i.e. "What country do you come from?" I then get the students to do the same with themselves, and put a list of favourites on the board they can talk about. Next they are paired up, and they must present their neighbour to me (I met 'X-Men' in my class today). It's a good way to get to know their level of English, about them, and for them to know a bit about me. For the last 5 minutes of class, I let them ask me any question they want.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

X-men, is that a name chosen by one of your students? Any other interesting names?

Jim said...

So does the A-B partner pairing look like it is going to work with them?

tim said...

A 5 point star? Isn't that kind of occultish for you ;)

Stephen said...

Lots of interesting names, I just can't remember them all!
The A-B this might work, but it's hard to patrol 55-68 students. We'll see.
Hahaha. There's no circle around it, and a six-point star is harder to draw!