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Could someone help me with a lesson?

Posted: 18 Sep 2015, 08:09
by Terra
Hello I just started working at a school in China less than a week ago and I am teaching students that are 14 and 15 years old. I also just received the book yesterday and I have already received a complaint from one of the other teachers that the students do not seem to be interested in my classes and my lessons need to be more engaging.

The school has not given me guidelines on what I should teach or even anything like a syllabus. Could anyone help me out like show me a website that could help me. Also does anyone have any English games that would be suitable for students in this age group (14 and 15).

Could anyone also recommend any type of speaking activities that I could use in class too.

Thank You

Re: Could someone help me with a lesson.

Posted: 18 Sep 2015, 18:16
by Susan
Have you looked through these forums, including the help desk. this has been the topic of many conversations.

Do you believe this other teacher who says negative things about your lessons? See for yourself what reaction you get from students.

Re: Could someone help me with a lesson.

Posted: 25 Sep 2015, 15:54
by rutherford
Since you are new in the school, it takes time to understand the students, and what interest them. Also your class should be conversational. Ask them questions, do not do all the talking alone draw them in.

Re: Could someone help me with a lesson.

Posted: 26 Sep 2015, 11:58
by John V55
Interest – Activity-Based Learning. A few years ago, I developed my own syllabus for the very reason that the book lessons were dry and uninteresting. Use topics based on teenage interest level; music, food, travel, public speaking . . . have a look and use these to make lesson plans. Tell them about the west, they’re fascinated with it. Download this song from Youtube (Firefly - A* Teens), you do the actions and get them to learn the words to increase self-confidence . . .

http://www.academia.edu/11730502/ABL_TEFL_SYLLABUS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QR_m2ij ... 2ijeS8#t=0

Re: Could someone help me with a lesson.

Posted: 28 Sep 2015, 17:25
by GaryF
If you have use of an interactive whiteboard you could try some of the (grammar-focused) video-based speaking activities at Interactive English Grammar (below).