So I decided to try the skit kits out in my classes ( even though it is far along in the workbook I’m working on). I was a bit nervous, because although the students have had dialog worksheets, they haven’t done a full dialog themselves with all their own language. I gave them an envelope that had 5 words in it, then had them use the words in their dialog. The only rule was that they had to use all the words at least once. I wanted them to tell a story, have the whole thing be one skit, but some of the groups decided to use the words in several different skits. It worked surprisingly well.
As a teacher I’m constantly trying to keep a balance between control and freedom. I need a certain amount of control in the classroom, mostly because 30 + high school girls are not going to spontaneously start speaking English without some guidelines. At the same time, I know the Korean teachers are working hard to give them lessons in grammar and vocabulary. I don’t really see myself as the grammar and vocabulary teacher. What I want from my students is for them to produce their own language. I want them to communicate with me and with each other in English. I know my low-level students are not going to be able to do much (although I was very happy with them today, some of the groups came up with some very clever skits) but I want them to work together and I want them to feel my class is where their attempts at English are respected even if it isn’t the most correct. I need to find tasks that are interesting, and allow them to speak, and keep them on task, but at the same time I want them to have enough freedom to feel confident. I only hope I succeed more than I fail
I’ve studied Korean before, but not in a class. This is the first time I’ve taken a language class since university. I hope that not only will I be able to communicate with some of my co-workers better but also understand more of what works and doesn’t work in the class room. I like the teacher a lot. She doesn’t speak much English, but she manages to help a bunch of people with various levels of pathetic Korean understand what she wants us to do. So far so good (although I only did so-so on the first quiz) I have a newfound sympathy for my students.
And in other news, it is official. I’ve signed on for one more year. At least I signed the contract. I’m looking forward to a continuation of the adventure.