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  • Jemineye
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    7 November, 2012 at 16:11
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    I’m starting to feel like I’m spamming this forum now, but the advice here is so very good lol.

    Anyway, I’m used to teaching a group of students and I’m used to teaching one to one now, but I haven’t a clue how I might teach a one to one lesson over skype. I have a job interview that requires a 30 minute teaching demo. I’m pretty sure I won’t be allowed to email any materials over beforehand, but I can’t seem to find anything that specifically deals with tips and tricks for teaching English online.

    They require a warmer and then presentation.

    The theme is weekend activities so I was thinking of eliciting the days of the week first and then eliciting "weekend" from the ‘student’. I would then ask the student what they do at the weekend normally and get them to generate a small list as my warm up.

    Target Language would include :

    "What are you doing this weekend" and then various weekend-esque activities e.g. going shopping, going to a party, seeing a movie, meeting with friends…etc.

    I kind of draw a blank here because I’d usually launch into an activity of some sort, usually a worksheet.

    Subsequently, once I’ve taught my TL and CCQ’d understanding, I’ll launch into a questions and answers session as a sort of controlled practice/freer practice.

    Any tips for a first-type Skyper? Please note: The level is Beginner.


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    ICAL TEFL
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    8 November, 2012 at 9:45
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    Just a quick idea off the top of my head – you can use Skype to send over images (or even the URL to images you’ve uploaded earlier) so you can blast one over and then ask the student to talk about what’s happening there. As you’re talking about weekend pastimes maybe show a picture of someone playing golf and a group playing football and do a bit of compare/contrast?


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    Jemineye
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    8 November, 2012 at 10:03
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    I was thinking of doing something like that as a sort of controlled practice. Having a bunch of pictures and having the ‘student’ tell a story with them. But this is something I’d likely stick at the end.

    When I do warmers, nonetheless, I usually play games which will be hard over Skype? Any suggestions for this? I guess it’d be hard to do a game with a ‘beginner’.


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    Keith
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    8 November, 2012 at 13:47
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    The idea of a warmer is to generate students’ interest in the topic that you’re going to be looking at in the lesson, and to activate their existing knowledge of that topic – that is, to get their minds thinking about it.

    So, with this in mind, and sticking with the pictures idea, why not have some pictures of weekend activities like someone playing football, at the cinema, shopping, etc, and simply hold them up to your webcam. As it’s a warmer, the student doesn’t need to be able to see the pictures in detail so just holding them up to the camera should be fine. Then ask a few questions like "Do you like playing football?"; "What about the cinema?" "Do you go shopping?" etc. Don’t worry at all about accuracy with language here because, as I said above, the idea is simply to generate interest.

    Moving on to your presentation – the idea of using Skype or other web conferencing software is to have an alternative to classroom lessons which is almost as good as actually being in the classroom. So, not being able to do things like share documents (you are using a computer, after all) kind of defeats the object for me. I use a web conferencing software where documents can be shared and edited and manipulated in real time – before this I used Skype quite a lot and would often email documents or worksheets to the student before the lesson.

    So, if you’re thinking of a worksheet of some kind, I would tell the interviewer now that you will need to email the student a document that you will use during your class. If they don’t accept this then, if you ask me, they’ve completely missed the point of using this kind of technology!

    Hope that helps.

    Keith

    ICAL TEFL
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    8 November, 2012 at 13:52
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    I use a web conferencing software where documents can be shared and edited and manipulated in real time.

    Can I ask which web conferencing software you use?


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    Keith
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    8 November, 2012 at 16:21
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    I use Cisco Webex

    ICAL TEFL
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    12 November, 2012 at 9:59
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    Reply To: Skype?

    Thanks.


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    Jemineye
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    14 November, 2012 at 10:44
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    That’s a very good idea. Although, it’s introducing the weekend element to it that’s the problem for me.

    I was initially thinking of introducing a calender as my warmer and going through the days of the week before highlighting "weekend". However, now that I think about it, I’m starting to think that this would be useful at the beginning of my Study stage before launching into introducing the vocabulary properly.

    I know I need to do a lot of drilling as apparently, this company likes this…


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    Keith
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    4 December, 2012 at 9:52
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    Hi jemineye

    Don’t know if it’s too late for this particular interview, but you mentioned the need to do a lot of drilling – have a look at this page about drilling for some tips on this.

    Keith

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