# Lesson 2-2 The Second lesson - Studying numbers and listening quizes...

## This next Eigo Note lesson still relates to the study of numbers 1 -100...

I wanted to start this lesson with a little review so after singing the number song twice we spent a few minutes on reviewing the numbers posted on the board last week. We did this by first going through the numbers 1-20 handout given last week from MES-English, www.mes-english.com flashcards. Next, we went through the numbers by ten's to 100. We also 'repaired' the accents where it would be confusing to hear a '17' instead of '70' and so on. Here's a picture of how I did that. It's on the top left side of the board.

Basically the big circle represents the accent at the start of '70' and the smaller circle represents the accent at the end of '70' , the '-ty' so to speak. Here's an audio sample of what I mean:

audio sample 70 coming soon:

Next, to teach the accent for '17' the smaller circle for 'seven' comes first and then the bigger circle for '-teen.' Here's another audio sample:

audio sample 17 coming soon:

Said this way, I believe it doesn't sound so angry as if you said the two numbers the other way around.

I wanted to give the kids a little more practice so we gave them a little translation game. At first, the ALT will say a two-digit number in English and then the students will translate as a group as fast as they can. The slower students are asked to contribute by repeating from the faster students. Now sometimes the faster students may slip up an answer because they might be going too fast for their own good so you may get some dialogue between the students while the slower students catch up and eventually choose to repeat the correct answer. I usually give the 'face' when the fast students make a mistake. The HRT does the same in a funny way to keep it going. We went through 10 or so numbers before switching languages. This time I would speak in Japanese while the kids would translate the number into English. Good fun especially when you have a class that likes to get involved and you can show off your Japanese skills or give the kids a good laugh if your Japanese isn't so hot.

To consolidate things even more, we did an extension game which we weren't able to do in the last lesson. This was just a quick example of the kids saying one number each in turns one at a time while passing a 'baton' (a purple marker pen, actually) in seating order. The baton helps to keep the kids in order and concentrate on who is speaking. Moreover, we practiced as a group beforehand counting together in unison from one to one hundred. Here's another audio sample of how the kids in one class did it one by one:

We were soon up to the next item, Let's Listen, with the two listening exercises. In review of the of audio before the lesson, I quickly noticed how fast it was compared to other ESL listening exercises. I felt I had to warn the kids in advance which was done with a lot of nurturing advice on how 'one shouldn't take it so hard on oneself for making mistakes and while especially trying new challenges.' These Grade 6ers I work with are sometimes quite tough and they will usually complain and complain, but it's funny how it can work out when you give strong and clear instructions (with a strong HRT on your side) as a prelude to a stressful situation.

So, as part of our intro for this item we asked the kids not to voice out any complaints and refrain from making any comments until after the CD has finished playing. We also told the kids we would let the CD play three times and after we would go through the CD again a fourth time for a dictation exercise to review the numbers and round it up as a whole. (To keep the noise level in control during this listening exercise we also used an example of a professional golfer making a difficult putt while keeping calm, cool, relaxed and not griping through the whole process, but maybe only after the shot has been made and finished. Trying to explain this one in English to the kids by yourself may be impossible, but with a few antics and gestures and the help of a translating HRT the kids soon got the meaning of it. All in all, I thought it was an amicable negotiation with the kids.)

Well, we got into the exercise and it was just like a test situation, quiet as a lonely day at the park. Yes, I think they enjoyed the challenge of it because it was quiet enough to concentrate. As we got into dictation and review of the numbers said on the CD, we also had the class read the numbers in English. Then the students polished off shading their number boxes in order to figure out the puzzle. As they were doing this, we asked the kids who first got all the numbers of the puzzle answer to just say 'I got it' versus blurting out the answer and spoiling the surprise effect for the other kids that were still finishing it off. Patiently, we waited for all the students to finish before confirming the answer and went thru the second quiz the same way. Good, it all worked out well, since I thought this exercise would really discourage the kids.

We entered into the discussion phase of the puzzle and got into discussing world numbers and countries as part of the finish to the lesson. With only a little extra time we had a few questions from the kids for 'free question time' and finished there.

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If you need help looking for a really good, excellent set of alphabet cards for the extension game on page 31 of the Eigo Noto 2 Teachers Book,

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there are some really nice free alphabet flashcards at:

http://www.teachchildrenesl.com/flashcards.htm

Look for the "Upper/Lower - B&W" alphabet set on the page. There are some nice colored sets there too. Print them up, laminate them, and cut them in the upper and lower case pairs first. Then, cut those pairs in half with different curves and lines so the students can have a little fun putting them together. It's a nice little fun activity/game for the Eigo Note.

Hope your lessons went well!

The ENB

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