5月 3, 2017

Lesson Content

You want to make an environment where you can speak English everyday. But how can you strike up a conversation with someone even if you don’t speak any English at all? You can go to a tourist spot and try to take a picture for someone who is trying to take a selfie.   The right timing You want to say something when someone is trying to take a photo. If you say it too late or too early, they’ll think “why are you asking me? Im not even trying to take a picture.” With the right timing, you can say
“Hey there, would you want me to take your picture for you?”
“Hey there” This is a phrase you use to get the other person’s attention. If you suddenly say something to them, they may not catch the beginning of what you said. “Would you want me to” This is a phrase that you use when you want to ask permission to help someone. It’s polite and friendly and not pushy. “Take your photo” This is the action that you want to do for them. “For you” This shows that you are doing it for their benefit. That you are helping them. If you don’t say that, it could mean that you will take their photo and go home with the photo. If that’s too difficult, you can ask them to take your photo first.. “Hey there, can you take my photo?” After they do, say “I can take yours for you” After you take the photo… You hand it back to them and ask “how is it?” Then after it’s ok, you can  say goodbye, something simple like. “Enjoy your trip” “Have a nice day” Or something like that.

Your Goals

During this class, you have a simple goal. Give them confidence that they can go out and do it. This course is about them going out and talking with international people, not staying talking with you. You are supposed to be the bridge that allows them to go from the lesson material to actually using it. Here are ways you can give confidence: Speak smoothly. You want the student to feel like they can say these phrases smoothly. Naturally. Here is a simple way you can do it.

Roleplay

Practice roleplaying with them and help them say the phrases with good timing. Where you are the tourist. You can raise up your hand to start “taking a picture” to give them a cue for when to talk.

Pronunciation practice

The key phrase is a bit difficult to pronounce and is long. You can have them pronounce “would you want me to” as “wujawammeda” to make it smoothly. They should pronounce it quickly and in an easy to understand way, that means not super clear like they are reciting a speech.

Have them visualize Being able to imagine the situation concretely and living that experience will help give people confidence. Here’s how you can do it.

Ask them where they will try

Ask them what place specifically there is good.

This will help them visualize more clearly.

Your Opinion matters too

This isn’t just me teaching them through you. Your opinions are valuable too. If you think that theres an issue in the lesson, you have any particular problems,  please feel free to contact me. I want to make this lesson better and I need your feedback.
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