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ESL Class on Health (April 4 2011)

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Our class on health was less successful than our previous lessons. The class was small, with only four people, which made the activities harder to do and less effective.  We can’t seem to tackle the issue of vocabulary.  In our classes, Claire and I often list out the vocabulary for the lesson, but we go over too much vocabulary and go over it too fast.  What is hard is that our students are advanced so it seems elementary to repeat and repeat vocabulary, but I think we need to do it.  Or we need to go back to what we did with our house lesson where we gave them pictures of the vocabulary and ask them to describe it to the class, and the class has to guess.  We did something like this later in the lesson when we handed out worksheets that depicted illnesses and they had to write the illness, but the worksheet only had 10 illnesses.  This was very helpful, especially because it made them write full sentences to explain what was depicted in the picture.  Because it was such a small class it became more intimate, which was really good, but it also allowed for one of the students to dominate because we stopped raising hands.  One of the students, who was more advanced than the others, kept calling out the answers before they could say it, which was hard to deal with.  Later we asked them to write a dialogue between a doctor and a patient using the vocabulary we learned.  This wasn’t very successful because the prompt and requirements were so vague that they wrote very short and direct skits.  Also because it was such a small class, and it was more intimate, everyone was feeling very silly and goofy, so people were laughing and joking and not actually writing the dialogue.  But this was also good because I felt more connected to the students, which was fun.  We didn’t have time to finish our lesson plan (to practice listening by listening to and answering questions about a voicemail on a doctor’s office answering machine) which I think would have been really cool to do.

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