First lesson…help!!

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  • chiara
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    27 March, 2009 at 8:04
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    I have just started TESOL training, have only had 5 classes but next week, as part of the training, I have to deliver a 20 min lesson to a group of male hotel workers. I’m terrified and don’t feel ready for this yet although I do realise it’s probably the best thing I could do as I’m quite shy and need to get over it. The assignment is easy enough in theory, just go through making a dinner reservation over the phone…but I don’t seem to be able to begin…how to start? Does anyone have any tips…I’ve searched for stuff on line bu there’s so much I’m overwhelmed. Help!!

    Keith
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    28 March, 2009 at 11:37
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    Reply To: First lesson…help!!

    Hi Chiara

    Welcome to the forum. The first lesson is always the most terrifying so don’t worry, that’s normal! Even after many years of teaching, most teachers still get a little nervous before meeting a class for the first time!

    For your class on making a dinner reservation, are you the first to go (in which case you’ll have to introduce the language and build the dialogue), or will you be practising the dialogue at the end?

    If you can let me know which, I can give you a few guidelines.

    Keith

    chiara
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    30 March, 2009 at 11:09
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    Hi Keith
    Thanks for the reply and sorry about my delay in responding, I’d given up getting one. Anyway, my tutor is teaching these guys English, they have mixed ability. We are supposed to observe the lesson (we’ve observed one so far) and tomorrow we have to give 20 mins each at the end. I will need to discuss some dialogue and plan to use a tape. I’ve figured out much of what I’m going to do but welcome any input you have thanks.

    DMGannon
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    9 April, 2009 at 12:47
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    Reply To: First lesson…help!!

    Try to get to know them a bit before you start and it should help ease the tension some, I find it easier this way because its like talking to friends and that is always easier.

    chiara
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    13 April, 2009 at 11:59
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    Hi
    Yes, thanks for that. I’m looking forward to my third class tomorrow and DMGannon you are of course right, as I get to know them the self consciousness lifts. Last week was terrifying, even more so than the first week but it went well. Can anyone recommend the best online resource for lesson plan ideas? There seems to be hundreds on the web but many of them are a waste of time. I just get a bit stuck trying to think of original ways to get a point across.
    thanks

    steveh
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    14 April, 2009 at 13:35
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    Reply To: First lesson…help!!

    Hi Chiara
    my advice is to go with whatever comes to you.. don’t try to be original for the sake of it and don’t rely on the web to give you answers :wink:
    A teacher can have huge problems trying to run another’s lesson plan unless they are sufficiently experienced to adapt as they go along. By definition, you don’t yet have that kind of experience! In addition it’s worth noting that most trainers are aware of what’s around on the web and so 1) they would point you in the right direction if they thought it would help and 2) they’ll probably recognise ‘lifted’ lesson plans!
    IMHO the web is a way to waste time and avoid the creative process during an entry level course – I have actually had trainee teachers say "that lesson didn’t go the way I wanted because I couldn’t find the right picture on the web".
    Later, when you have got through the course and may have a little more time to browse, is the moment to start exploiting the great power of the web.
    HTH
    s

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