Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Introductions-New Places, Fresh Faces

Introductory Lesson:
Students Ages 9/10
First Lesson
1 Hour

1. Introduction
Have each of the students fill out a note card with the following information
a. Name (what would you like to be called?)
b. Birthday 
c. Favorite Movie
d. Favorite food
e. Favorite Animal
f. Favorite Color
g. What are your hobbies and or interests?

2. Say it another way
There are many ways to say "Hello" and "Good-Bye"
Lets see how many the students can use. (Put them into formal and informal categories as the students go)
Howdy,  Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, Hey, Hi, Yo, G'Day
Bye, Bye-Bye, Have a nice day, Take care, Later, See you, See you ____,

3. Learn how to play "Rock,Scissors,Paper"
This game will be used often throughout the course of the year, so I will introduce it here.
Once the students understand the rules the students will play amongst each other (and with the teacher),
Hello and Good-Bye
The winner of the tournament must say a version of "Hello" the loser must say a version of "good-bye"

4. Introduce yourself
My name is _____
I am ______
I like _____
Nice to meet you!
Learn the Phrases above to introduce yourself...

5. Class race
Go down the line of students, each student must introduce themselves using the following phrases
My name is/I am
I like
Nice to meet you!
and Shake the teachers hand.
1st time I will time them (without them knowing) Each student must introduce themselves to the teacher.
2nd time with the teacher timed
3rd time  try to beat the 2nd time

 6. Categories game
As a silly game, to end class on a high note, we will play a category game. We will have a ball, I will give the category, when a student has the ball they must say a word in that category, and then pass it to the next person.
Student one-Pizza (throws ball to student 2)
Student two-ice cream
This continues until one student can't think of a word in that category.

Prepositions of Time - at, in, on

1. at, in, on
a. you must use these when scheduling
b. at- used for precise times
c. in- general times
d.on- days

Precise time
Months, Years, Centuries (long periods)
Days and Dates
At 3:00
In may
On Sunday
At 5:30
In summer (In the summer)
On Tuesdays
At bedtime
In 2013
On the August 5th
At lunchtime
In the past
On Halloween

 2. Practice
a. I have several book exercises that I will have the students do. Check your book to see if there is a unit availble.
I will be using New English File-Elementary Unit 3D, exercises 3 a and b
or English Grammar in Use Unit 121 Exercises 121.1, 121.2, (121.3)
I have them do the first 5 of each exercise in class, the rest are homework.
3.  Schedule Bingo (most likely will not be used next class, but the class after)
Write 30+ times and dates on the board, have students fill in a 5x5 bingo card randomly with the times and dates they choose.
Read a schedule aloud, as the student hears a time and date have them cross it out. 
The first students to get five in a row is the winner.
Words and Phrases to use:

12:00 (Midnight)
January 1st
July 4th
February 14th
August 23rd
August 10th
March 17th
September 30th
April 1st
October 31st
September 16th
May 5th
November 26th
12:00 (noon)
June 30th
December 25th
February 29th

1.       It is scary on the 31st of October at Midnight, because it is Halloween.
2.       I heard Santa come at 2:00 in the morning on December 25th
3.       It is always hot at noon.
4.       In America, I always eat dinner at half past six (6:30)
5.       Our first class was on September 16th
6.       I go to bed every night at 11:50
7.       New Year’s is on January 1st
8.       The meeting at 3:30 has been canceled
9.       Valentine’s Day is on February 14th
10.   It is too late to take a siesta at 5:45
11.   Let’s have a party at 5:05 on the 5th of May
12.   I always have a BBQ at 6:15 on the 4th of July.
13.   The meeting on June 30th  ended at 1:02
14.   I was pranked on April 1st (April fool’s day) at 4:12 in the morning
15.   Today is the 30th of September
16.   The 29th of February only happens every four years
17.   It was hot at 1:15 on August 10th
18.   I was on the metro at 5:35, and I got home at 5:45.
19.   I love the parties on St. Patrick’s day, on March 17th.
20.   The meeting starts at 1:00 and Ends at 1:55 on August 23rd.
21.   My birthday is November 26th

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Telling Time-Teacher Edition

1. Review
a. The previous class focused on dates, review dates and make sure the students are confident on this topic. Use the Karuta game used last time to have students review the dates.
2. Introduce time
a. Start with hours, 1-12 (explain that some countries use the hours 13-23, but in the United States we only have am, and pm)
b. minutes start with 10-59
for example 8:10 is said eight ten...
c. miutes 01-09
explain that 8:05 is said eight O'five
Explain that 8:00 is said eight O'clock
2. Karuta Game
Use the cards from last week and play the same game, but say times instead of dates (this should be really easy and should be a really fast game.
Give each team a deck.
The teams must listen to the teacher. The teacher will say a time and the students must place the corresponding numbers on the table.Example; If the teacher say 8:15 the students must place the cards 0,8,1,and 5  on the table in front of them.The first team to make the time will get a point for their team
Because last weeks topics will need to be reviewed a lot, this should be enough material for one day. If there is enough time introduce the following topics.
.3. Quarter past, Half past, Quarter to
Introduce the phrases Quarter past, half past, quarter to (till)
Continue to play the game using the new and old phrases.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ordinal Numbers for Dates-Teachers Edition

Class size: 4
Student age: Adult
Student type: Business
Class time: 1 hour

1. Intro
a. Student Names-Remember student names, and make sure I am saying them right
b. Collect Homework-What do the students want to learn in English class this year
2. Ordinal Numbers
a. Begin with numbers that end in "th" The following order
6-11th,13-19th, 26-29th,36-39th,...
4th, 24th, 34th, 44th... (all of the numbers up till here have been regular, show that to spell them, you only need to add "th" four+th=fourth)
20, 30, 40... (don't forget the extra syllable twentieth, thirtieth, .... remove the 'y' and add 'ieth')
5, 25, 35, 45th... and 12th ( ve becomes fth)
b. 1st, 21st, 31st...
c. 2nd, 22nd, 32nd...
d. 3rd, 23rd, 33rd...
3. Practice ordinal numbers
a. write a number on the board and have the students recite it's corresponding ordinal number
b. Optional game- Divide the board into 4 quadrants, and label the quadrants st, nd, rd, and th. Divide the class into 2 teams, have the students hit the quadrant where the ordinal number would lie, and say the correct number.
4. Dates
a. Explain that dates can said "the 4th of July" or "July 4th"
b. Explain that dates are written month/day/year in the United States, but are generally written day/month/year in the rest of the English speaking world
5. Karuta Game
Make a deck of cards for each team in class (for a class of 4, 2 decks will be enough)
The deck should consist of 30 cards the numbers 0,1,0-9,0-3,0-9, and st,nd,rd,th
Give each team a deck.
The teams must listen to the teacher. The teacher will say a date (in either form of the date) and the students must place the corresponding numbers on the table along with the correct sound. Be sure to clarify weather the students should write the date in the American order or international
Example; If the teacher say November twentynineth, the students must place the cards 1,1,2,9, and th, on the table in front of them.
The first team to make the date will get a point for their team.
(this should be enough material for a class, but if the class goes quickly use the following lesson aspects)
6. What are ordinal numbers used for?
a. Dates
b. placement (races...)/order or things in a set
c. floors on a building
d. how many times you have done something (this is my first time...)

7. Years
a. Explain how dates are said in English
1999=nineteen ninetynine
1786=seventeen eightysix
Start with the regular
b. Discuss explain that 2000-2011 are said twothousand ... 2012 and on can be either said two thousand... or twenty ...
c. only if there is plenty of time discuss 1901-1909, 1801-1809...
8. Review