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  • jp
    31 May, 2008 at 16:43
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    Hello to whomever reads this,

    I’m looking to find a manual, syllabus or curriculum or anything that I can use to preapre a 10 hour training course for chinese primary english teachers L1 L2. I have done my own training program in the past, but this was specifically for junior and senior teachers! I’m not a primary teacher! I teacher high school students! But my company thinks I’m best suited for this "opportunity"!

    The teachers have obviously graduated from school and who have majored in Primary education! How can deliver a program that will keep them interested,learn new ideas and improve their students?!! All I can think about is games and songs! Of couse I need to cover the basics listening, speaking, reading, writing and maybe audio/visual if this option is available in the room I’m given!

    Any help is much appreciated! I’m more than happy to exchange emails and send lesson plans I have done in the past to anyone who needs!



    3 June, 2008 at 5:13
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    You’ve got a challenging assignment and a short deadline.

    Given your target audience of primary school educators, I would make sure that you include handouts each day that were flexible and adaptable. For instance, forms and vocabulary worksheets that allow the teachers to implement your core concepts. I’d also pass out – every day – a list of 5-10 recommended websites to supplement your lesson. Further, I would turn each of the teachers into resources for you by asking a simple question on the daily attendance sheet – and requiring every teacher to contribute an idea as they sign in.

    Okay, that’s the structure, but what about the actual content??? Given the absence of direct guidance, you can justify going in almost any direction. Personally, I would choose simple, practical, and communicative activities for teachers. Never forget that your students are teachers and bring a world of experiences into the classroom. You are coordinating them, adding your insights and experiences, and sharing additional quality materials.

    Some excellent resources that you might use include BBC (less prone to censorship than the Voice of America), the University of Michigan website for English Language Learners in Elementary School http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.hunemorder/lesson_plans , Purdue University’s excellent OWL (online writing lab) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/ ,
    and The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy for the ESL/EFL classroom by Keith S. Folse. This last book includes 20 first person accounts of conversation teachers, 10 model lessons, and many reproducible sheets.

    Plan to expose teachers to several teaching techniques and let everyone learn by doing.
    What are your tips for a successful English classroom? Work in groups, and create a list of 10 do and five "don’t" items. Perfect for day one. Encourage discussion and debate. Show, don’t tell, the teachers how to create a lively classroom.
    Then, ask everyone to bring in a favorite lesson plan for the next day. Share, tell, and retell in rotating groups of 4.

    Above all, keep it practical, open, and engaging. Tap into the knowledge base of your students, and make sure they leave each class with some excellent worksheets. Have groups come to board, explain their choices, and ask many questions – both soft and hard. As the teachers work harder, you become more of a guide on the side than a sage on the stage. Everyone, including you, gets to learn by doing.

    For better or worse, that’s what I would do for the teacher training workshops. Good luck. Do your homework, and have fun!

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