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  • Jemineye
    21 July, 2013 at 10:27
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    Hi guys.

    I have an interview coming up and as part of the interview, I’m required to do a 5 minute teaching demo for 3 – 5 year olds. I unfortunately, have no experience with children so I’m a bit unsure what to do. I have two ideas – actions or body parts but I’m not sure which one to execute.

    For body parts (head shoulders knees toes, I was thinking), I would introduce the vocab with flash cards and change pitch and speed. Get students to copy me as I make associations between flashcard and body location. I would then temporarily ditch the flash cards and get them to copy my actions while saying each word and then launch into a slightly altered song using the four words and once again alter pitch. I would then end on a game where I lay the flashcards on the floor and encourage them to touch the card which corresponds to word I say. (My problem with this approach is that I have no "production" aspect, I think ~ presentation and practice though)

    For action verbs, I’m torn between using a similar layout however, I was thinking I definitely need to get them to act out the action as it would add to the fun factor too but I’m not sure whether to start off on flashcards or launch directly into them copying me or whether to have that in the middle and whether to try to encourage them to do the action without me doing it too (might be advanced for young kids though). And also, I had an idea to use the flashcards where one side has the word on it and one side has the same picture without the word, therefore encouraging them to produce the word on their own?

    Too many ideas, not enough direction. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    26 July, 2013 at 7:33
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    Your body parts plan is good. Don’t worry too much about not having a "production" stage. The idea of a production stage with adults is to get them to use the target language in a free and natural way, incorporating other language that they know. With 3 year olds this concept doesn’t have so much relevance – it’s more about learning vocabulary and simple structures in a fun and energetic way!

    So what you have is good – you’re changing the activity often which is necessary, to take into account the short attention span of children. You’re using activities with movement, visuals and music. All good. A good next activity (I doubt you’ll have time in the 5 minute demo, but for future reference) would be a running around game – stick the flashcards around the room, shout out "shoulders" and have them run to the side of the room where the "shoulders" flashcard is. If it was a longer lesson I would also introduce a few more body parts – extend it to the "…and eyes and ears and mouth and nose" part of the song.

    For an interview I’d probably go with the body parts rather than the actions idea – you seem happier with your ideas and the direction of the class for this one. With the actions lesson you have to decide how you’re going to approach the target language – will it be "walking", "running" etc, or will it be "He’s walking", "she’s running" and so on – more potential for confusion in an interview demo lesson.

    If you end up teaching kids, have a look [url=http://www.eslbase.com/resources/yl/]here[/url] for some more ideas.

    Hope that helps.


    31 July, 2013 at 19:36
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    Reply To: Teaching Demo

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I actually did end up going with the body parts idea although I tailored it a bit to incorporate something of a "production" stage; this was before I read your message however.

    The interviewer seemed to like me anyway and it looks promising but I still have a few days yet before I hear anything. =)

    Thanks for the link

    5 September, 2013 at 5:31
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    I agree. Go with the body parts, it’s fun and the children like it. It’s what I use to teach body parts. I also do ‘Simon Says’, but change it to ‘Teacher says’.

    Teacher says ‘touch your nose’.
    Teacher says ‘touch your feet’.

    You can play around with them too.

    Touch your head, touch your toes, touch your head, touch your toes, etc.

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