Oh........he means "Kastila" or Spaniards. That was history!
Good for you that you will also handle adult ones. You will really take note of the big difference. Of course, we don't treat adults like the way we treat little kids. Adult ones have the tendency to abuse their teacher especially if the teacher is too kind.
What is the age bracket of these adults?
My first experience with the adult ones was a bit saddening. Since I was new in the private school where I used to teach before, the students had the habit of testing the patience of new teachers. After two months, they confessed that they really would like to test my patience by conniving with the majority of the class in ignoring me and not studying my lessons. Unfortunately, it never was materialized. The plan was cut when they found themselves so absorbed with my subject. They found my way of delivering my lessons very challenging so instead of focusing on my destruction, they were motivated to accept the challenges which I presented in my lessons. By the way, the subject was Accounting.
The oldest students I handled before were college students. These kind of students don't like to just sit and listen to their teacher all throughout the period of their subject. You have to get them active by asking them questions related to your lessons and to their first hand experiences.
Of course, lesson planning is very important before you face your students. I would like to share with you how I do my lesson plan. I follow a deductive lesson planning (sample) most of the time and I make sure that I am using the S.M.A.R.T. objectives and Bloom's Taxonomy.
Maybe you can gain little idea from the links I gave you on how to prepare your lessons before your students.
Wow......it is nice to know that you have a Filipino student in your class. Mahal kita (I love you) and maganda (beautiful) are indeed Filipino words. So, how do you communicate with him? Is it in English? or does he know how to speak your native language?
about the word "castela".... he may mean to say "Kastila" (Spaniards). But if he was saying something about a "trip", he must be talking about "kalesa" (a vehicle drawn by a horse). Kalesa looks like this:
But how did it take a city in Japan?
I really enjoy reading your stories. I hope you won't get fed up of sending me all your teaching experiences. You seem to be teaching kindergarten students!
This is the link to a very good list of English learning websites for kids. Some of the websites are really great and I think even adult learners would find them useful. So you might want to share them with your students.
First of all a big sorry for such a late reply. I hope, you aren't angry with me. :)
My dear friend, Sir Bob and Anele are your friends and still you're asking me for the tips to learn English!!!!! I can imagine their laughing faces(so I wish they won't read this comment). Even your twin's English is better than mine.
Btw, you said it was in the university when you first started learning English. That means you're a good learner. Your English is much better than most of the EC members, I must say.
Your twin is finally back! Now she's trying to convince you and threaten me on our new found friendship! :P But please don't pay any attention to what she says. She doesn't know that she's already very very late! :D
Now, I'm going to write my real intention to visit your page this morning. This is a serious matter so please read attentively!!
Dear Pearl, I'm here to ask you, where's Anele's, your twin's, and my share of the cake you ate at Mrs. Ellen's. Now please don't say that you forgot us all when you saw the cake. Saying so could result in some very dangerous consequences, I'm warning you.
Tell me how's your job going on? I hope, you're enjoying teaching.
I hear you may be taking a workshop today with Ellen. I hope you are able to get there and that it is helpful. She baked something good for you all to eat this morning. I don't do that for my workshops.
You mentioned a book you had from your classroom English course. i would like to look at it if you can bring it to Ellen. You are welcome to see any of our books too.
Hello, Teacher Pearl........It's so nice to see your message after a long time. So what's up? I heard that you had a problem with your throat! Actually, that's the common problem of every teacher everywhere. Some teachers buy a "lapel microphone" to facilitate the deliverance of the lesson. As a teacher, we always have to prioritize our health because our students will suffer if we become sick. See, how noble this profession really is.!.......we have to be healthy not only for our own sake but for the others as well.
The "lapel microphone" looks like this:
It's very convenient to use and you don't have to raise your voice higher than your normal pitch just to let all your students hear you.
I hope you won't get tired of sharing your experiences with us! Thanks again and again...........
They always give us suggestions to help our throats. The reason is that we spend hours talking and little rest in between. We have heard that air conditioning is the problem. Also some people say we should keep the car windows open to breathe in the "fresh" (dust and fumes) air. others say never open the car windows. Still others say smoking would help things :). I think smoking would be worse because when I am around people smoking my throat is bothered.
I think the best solution is more rest and less teaching. Maybe 15 hours a week would be good, especially, if there periods of rest between classes. When I was your age I taught a lot, but still not the kind of hours I am doing now.
I hope your voice recovers and I will add the one suggestion that seemed to help. Drink hot green tea with ginger root in it. That makes the throat a little better.