Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 9 of 18 › view all entries
woohoo... my first S+ (above standard lesson).
I was really pleased with todayâ€™s lesson, and so was Simon so it seems. I know there are still problem areas that I really need to work on - specifically my 'teacher language'. They want me to try and dumb down my language a lot more, pause more between instructions and check with the class that they understand exactly what it is that I want them to do, after setting up every single task. I totally understand why, especially since I'm going to be moving on to elementary students next week (these guys really need simple, scripted, clear instructions - the intermediates aren't so bad because they are actually pretty good at English already). I really need to get this nailed. It just feels a little unnatural, and I get worried that the students will think that I think they are idiots by doing that.
I'm not teaching tomorrow (since I did it today) so I get to go next door and observe the elementary class for the first time. I'm looking forward to it. I've heard a lot about the class from the other 6 teachers on the CELTA, but just can't quite picture it. I'm glad we get a chance to observe the class and see for ourselves before getting thrown into the deep end and being asked to teach them. I think it's going to be a very different experience, and to be honest, I'm not looking forward to it!
Saw a man climbing up a huge tree out of the window of our classroom today. Kinda tree-surgeon-type-work, bit with the bare minimum of safety equipment - was fascinating to watch. I took a photo actually; I'll try and get it up here in a bit.
Just about getting over my nasty cold/flu thing.Anyway. Enough. I got a lesson to plan!