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annie13



Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Posts: 3
Location: turkey

PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:58 am    Post subject: does this sound familiar . . . . Reply with quote

new school, no preparat?on time, 15-20 very rowdy children between the ages of 2-6 who dont understand a lick of english and (wait for it) . . . no syllabus . . . does this sound familiar and if so any advice? thanks Very Happy
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shannonsensei



Joined: 24 Mar 2006
Posts: 15
Location: osaka, japan

PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha. i'm glad to say that i've never been there. but give us some more details and i'm sure we can help you out.
for example:
1. are you the only teacher in the classroom? do you speak their language or have an assistant who speaks the native language?
2. what materials do you have to work with? flashcards? cd player? toys? art supplies? surely you're not in a completely empty room...
3. have you been given *any* guidelines as to what they should be learning?

love,
shannon
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annie13



Joined: 08 Oct 2006
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Location: turkey

PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:27 pm    Post subject: well . . . Reply with quote

i work in a turkish school and there are some basic topic guidelines and some worksheets and with my trusty laptop and publisher im managing.

my biggest challenge is that ive found that there is not a lot internet material out there for teaching pre readers (ie 2-6 year olds) english. most of the stuff is geared to native speakers and or older kids.
Whats your experience? are teachers always given course books? how much of your own material are you expected to produce?
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shannonsensei



Joined: 24 Mar 2006
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Location: osaka, japan

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when i started at this job, our curriculum was pretty much a long list of vocabulary words that the kids should know at different class levels along with some questions that they should be able to answer (e.g. "what's your name?" "how old are you?") we're working to improve that, but that's what i started with.

if i were you, i would start by teaching them ABCs, counting to 10, colors, animals, and food. with animals and food, hopefully there are a few that are the same in their native language. this will give them confidence.

i find that singing some sort of hello song lets the kids know that lesson is starting.

also, work on your basic classroom language. things like "let's sit down" and "clean up time". i suggest using the same phrase every time. young english learners may get confused if sometimes you say "clean up" and sometimes you say "tidy up", for example.

use a lot of songs in your classroom. this is a great way for kids to learn english. i'm having great success with devon's simple songs CDs. check out the website at http://www.supersimplesongs.com

mark at http://www.mes-english.com also has some great resources. his site is especially good if you need vocabulary cards and games to go with them.

and i've started the website http://www.teach-esl-to-kids.com it's still very new, only a month old, but you might find some information there that is helpful.

love,
shannon
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Vinyet



Joined: 11 Oct 2006
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Location: Madrid,Spain

PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you can find some activities

http://www.first-school.ws/

You should work animals, colors, numbers (1-10), parts of the body (the simpler), the vowels, ........

Sorry but my English is not good enough Crying or Very sad
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sanne



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok! So I'm self-promoting. But if it helps you:

http://www.lessonsense.com
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Vinyet



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Location: Madrid,Spain

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a very good link, thanks!!!!!! Wink
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daroz



Joined: 08 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Annie13- I am also working at a preschool in Turkey and have a similar situation. I've posted you a PM. Please contact me if you feel like swapping ideas and experiences.

I've been learning what works and doesn't so I just wanted to share one great color game which was a winner!

You need two small baskets (bowels or buckets will do) and one large one and about 70 clothes pins of different colors (I borrowed from my neighbors).
Divide class into two teams (girls and boys if you like). Have each team form a line.
First student in each line gets a basket. You will face them a few paces away with the large basket full of pins at your feet. Say a color (hold up that color pin) tell them they need to collect as many of that color and then say Go!. The Ss will run to your basket and try to sort through and collect all of those colored pins (first round may need some help- but they will get the idea quickly). Give them 30 seconds or so, and say "times up." Put each team's pins aside in separate piles for counting up later.
Have the Ss give their empty basket to the next in line and repeat with a different color. Repeat until all colors are done. Make sure to plan ahead to give everyone a turn. End by counting together out loud each team's pins to see who is the winner.

Have Fun!
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daroz



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be bowls (not bowels) in the above Laughing
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