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Terrified New Teacher

Unread postby Longy » 31 Aug 2014, 11:00

Hi guys

Ive passed my TEFL. Im in China I start teaching tomorrow. My problem is writing lesson plans. They took me about a week solid when I took the course. Now I am told for my classes I can do what I want. Which does not sound right to me. So I have been given Pacican text books to follow. Unfortunately I feel I will struggle to explain some of these things to the kids in English. I hear that a lot of them wont even be up to the level im teaching.

Ive been sat for 2 days trying to knock one plan together. Ive had to resign myself to doing an intro lesson with next to no teaching. Just mild needs analysis and introductions.

I need to talk about family relationships and problems to my grade 6 and travel to my grade 7. I think ill be ok with travel even though ive not looked at it yet. Don't know how to get across vocab of arguments within families etc. Also even the pacican text didn't look very good.

Can anyone throw me a bone?!

Many thanks


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Re: Terrified New Teacher

Unread postby Lucy » 31 Aug 2014, 20:20

I would be tempted to do needs analysis and introductions in all the classes. Just to be sure of the levels before the classes really get going. After that, you could dedicate a short part of the lesson to reviewing the language of family (for level 6) and travel for level 7 just to get a feel of how much of the target language they know.
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Re: Terrified New Teacher

Unread postby Longy » 01 Sep 2014, 16:20

Thanks for the reply lucy, Its a good job I didn't stick to what was suggested because most of the kids were looking at me with blank faces. The time flew but in regards teaching I don't think they learnt anything. I find the warmers on the net that I find are far too complicated for my students and I will have to tone it down - but I am struggling!!
Is there any places where I can just pay to join and get this stuff free until I know what im doing?
I only have to do 3 plans a week and am finding it hard to do one!!
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Re: Terrified New Teacher

Unread postby Lucy » 01 Sep 2014, 21:35

I suspected their level would be lower than was announced.
I think this is an issue that all new teachers face: writing lesson plans.
You can get away with a less complete plan now. You can make brief notes to your self on how to manage each activity.
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Re: Terrified New Teacher

Unread postby J-Marianne » 26 Oct 2014, 10:21

Here are two sources: the British Council w'site; http://www.primary-education-oasis.com. Good Luck!
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