Lesson 2-4 The Fourth lesson - Expressing emotions verbally and non-verbally...

Jun 01 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

We began the lesson going through our usual greetings again and I was kind of wondering how the kids would feel at this point. The kids had remembered once again what we had done the week before, 'kakuninsuru.' This time I believe everyone had remembered to check on my feeling! We then started out the lesson again with another review of the "Hello song."

I could feel the kids were getting a little bored of it so I thought of making it a bit more lively by adding a 'robot act' from me for the second round. Well, the kids enjoyed it and it picked up things a little more.

Eigo Note Book 1 page 15

In this lesson, we wanted the kids to have go through the activities for review of lesson 3 and try Activity 2 on page 15.

We played the CD again for Conversation1 on page 14's Let's Listen quiz, to let the students hear and preview it before doing a little practice. "Shadowing" was also done so the kids could practice their rhythm and speed.

The students then practiced Conversation 1 again with me in an A and B skit, both ways. And while I wrote the conversation on the board again they were shadowing again as they listened. We didn't have students practice in pairs and do 'random pick up' since they were going to try the whole conversation again for the 'Rotation Game'. The students could still mix up the dialogue as long as they used the key target language of 'nice to meet you,' 'my name is ...' and 'I'm ...' Plus, the finish with 'how are you?' 'I'm ...and you?'

The Lesson 2 Feelings and Greetings skit on the board. A few of my classes had trouble putting together the whole conversation so I thought it would be a good idea to do it again. We proceeded with the game and they did it beautifully. e had no problems with coaxing the kids. As far as if they will remember the whole conversation next month, we will just have to wait and see when we get there and do a review game.

The only downfall here was that for a few rounds of practice most of the class were looking at the board while speaking with their partner. So, a quick yell for a 'break' and a shout from me and the HRT, the students were told not to depend on the board if they had already remembered the whole skit. It's nice to know though that most of the kids could actually read what was on the board. At the finish, the kids had done the skit once again with the ALT and they were praised for doing it so very well. They were also checking on each other's feelings if they heard such things as 'I'm sleepy' or 'I'm tired' or 'I'm hungry'..Happy...happy!

The Lesson 2 Feelings and Greetings skit on the board.

This time, for one of my last classes, we were able to take some recordings for this Eigo Noto lesson. Many students looked forward to applying themselves as 'speakers.'

We wanted to give the kids a little fun, so for a break we played the 'Guess Who' game, the game I had mentioned before also known as the 'Atteru Game' in Japan.

We gave the students a little time here and had about five players take their turn at the front. The conversation was subsequently changed from 'My name is...Nice to meet you..." to "What's your name?" and the 'oni' as 'I'm ___.' By the end of this game, we took the kids for a round of the 'Dengon Game' activity. No problems there and here is an audio sample for you:

audio sample: dengon game (right below)

The lesson flow was going really well at this point and we had plenty of time to go for another round of the Dengon Game but this time we extended the conversation to include 'How are you?...I'm ___, And you?...' Altogether, practicing Self Intro's and Greetings.

As we finished, the kids got another easter egg from me, encouraging them that they were all doing so very well, and that I hoped they would still remember these things 20 years from now. I gave them an example of the French version of today's target language and told them it's something I had learned when I was about twelve.

Time soon goes by and lesson flow is still going very well, so it's almost time to reach our crescendo of this unit Lesson2 and get into the activity on page 15. Well, we had already practiced the T.L. in the Dengon Game, so there wasn't much to do here for an intro except to ask the kids to write each other's names in romaji/English. They were told to give the other person the spelling of their name and not to write their own name in someone else's 英語ノート Eigo Noto, and use capital letters for the first letter of the names. They did this exercise very well, too. Take a look at these elementary school student's writing work. Here are some samples:

eigo noto writing practice a

eigo noto writing practice b

eigo noto writing practice c

eigo noto writing practice d

eigo noto writing practice e

In the end, we reviewed the lesson and told the students this would be the last lesson for unit Lesson 2. There were no surprising looks from the kids so I felt I had to ask them how they felt about Lesson 2. Here are some of their remarks:

1. "I really enjoyed speaking and practicing with other people in the class with whom I haven't really spoken to before."

2. "I thought it was difficult to read the ALT's writing on the board."

3. "I enjoyed doing the Gesture Game."

4. "I enjoyed the Gesture Game, but I was a little shy at first."

The kids were then asked how they felt about having 4 lessons for this unit compared to having only one lesson last year for the same theme. The simple question was 1 vs 4.

The verdict for Eigo Note 英語ノート : almost all of the kids chose 4.

Eigo Note Book 1 (Unit) Lesson 3 Lesson 1 (first)...is now ready!...

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