Presentation on theme: "This meeting will cover General teaching advice How the course is run here."— Presentation transcript:
This meeting will cover General teaching advice How the course is run here
Your colleagues The Academic Manager Other managers Dave Russell www.elaceducation.com
By the end of the day: Make sure you know where things are Make sure you know what’s there Look at the Elac lessons for the first two days of the course, on excursions, social activities, the workbook and centres – the planning has been done for you!
The adolescent learner is experiencing changes and challenges in several domains simultaneously: Physical: maturing at varying rates, often restless or lethargic. Emotional: sensitive to criticism, self-conscious, lacking self-esteem. Social: testing limits, insensitive to those outside peer group, often confused by large impersonal environments (like a school).
Capitalizing on teenage learners’ characteristics Using the 20-minute Rule: after 20 minutes, students say what they have learned, then you start a new activity Getting student input in determining classroom rules and procedures Making the classroom a safe place in which to take risks and participate Getting students to move and engage in situations kinaesthetic -ally Using a variety of groupings that suit the purpose for learning
1.Make your classroom an interesting and comfortable place to be. 2.Produce professional-looking, clear materials. 3.Make your handwriting clear on the board. 4.Compliment people; don’t put them down. Teenagers have fragile self-esteem. 5.Encourage positive attitudes to the culture and its people. 6.If you want to say something negative about Elac, its facilities or its staff then take your comments to us. 7.Don’t dress down in an effort to be informal and friendly.
What do you expect from a teacher? What first impression will your students get? How should you dress? What personality will you project? Think
Respect for each other and the teacher Commitment, cooperation, engagement Using English in class invariably (almost) Responsibility Abiding by the rules
From day 1, lesson 1 Know the sanctionsUse the systems Bad behaviour is not (usually) your fault! Establish an English-only culture Be clear what is and is not acceptable
Make your policy clear from the very first lesson – in this classroom we speak only English. Put a notice up to remind all your learners – something like: THIS IS AN ENGLISH-ONLY ZONE
Don't overstretch the class in speaking activities and make sure they are well prepared. Think carefully about grouping and seating arrangements. Be alert to what’s happening around you and in all the groups when you are working on tasks. Take a break in the middle of long activities and relax the English-only rule for 5 minutes (only!).
Make a Day-1 Contract with your classes to cover at least: Use of L1 Attendance and punctuality Courtesy and listening
Elac has standards to adhere to and sanctions to apply. We know about the standards, here are the sanctions. Step 1 – the teacher talks to the student(s) and explains the problem Step 2 – the Academic Manager talks to the student(s) with the Group Leader Step 3 – the Centre Manager and the Group Leader talk to the student(s) and, if necessary, impose a punishment Step 4 – the student(s) may be sent home – last resort!
What do I have to prepare for an observer? Do I have to do something special when I’m observed? What can I gain from being observed? What are my feelings about being observed?