講師 クリストファー ローリンソン
Week Five sees us half way through the semester, and we thought this time we’d let you see what goes on during a typical day for a class.
The E class had their first lesson today from 9:20am. They had to get down to work quickly, as the first activity of the day was a unit test on the chapter about trading and bartering. These mini-tests give everyone an opportunity to practice their TOEFL exam skills. There was a listening section, some vocabulary, and a few grammar questions. Hopefully, everyone had woken up, and they’ll have scored well.
The class then had a communicative activity working with lots of different partners. They were unscrambling statements and questions containing vocabulary from the last five weeks of class and using the sentences as openings to conversation.
After checking homework and handing in some assignments, everyone started work on their next big assignment – a class talk on their hometowns. Next Thursday, each student will present about aspects of their hometown which make them feel pride and embarrassment. Let’s hope everyone practices over the Silver Week break.
The group had only a short 10 minute break before their second class - Reading and Writing. Again, class started quickly. There was a short vocabulary quiz, and then everyone checked and reviewed homework from last night. As we are half way through the semester, there was also a focus on review, and the class split into small groups to work on outlines for paragraphs. The class are quite familiar with outlines by now, but this one had a twist – it was an outline for a paragraph about how to write a beautiful paragraph!
Once all the teams had brainstormed, listed, and outlined all of the steps, details, and examples they needed, we moved on and reviewed the life story of JK Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter books). Over the short holiday, the students will be writing a summary of her life, and starting to discover about another modern author. Nobody today in class had heard of Stephen King. Have you? They’ll also be working on some grammar exercises, writing a second paragraph and some journal entries, and reading their next Graded Reader texts. There’s lots to keep them busy.
Then at 12:30, there was the usual dash as some students went out to pick up lunch, and others opened up lunch boxes. I’d love to say the E class diets were healthy, but after all that hard study, maybe they deserve a reward!
The third class of the day is the Integrated Skills class. This is where all the skills come together, and it’s a class with big projects, lots of team assignments and presentations, and more emphasis on research and students’ opinions. The past two weeks have seen the class studying about housing and communities. Today they worked on a descriptive paragraph about a place, did a vocabulary quiz, and continued reading “A Tell-tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.
The final session of the day was open for independent study for the E class, and the class split as some students headed to the library and others jumped on a computer to do listening, pronunciation, or research online.
At 5pm, there were still many of the E class working away. They’ve had a long day but have achieved a lot. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the long weekend, but I know they’ll also be doing a lot of homework.