Lesson 2-4 The Fourth lesson - Build interest in the alphabet and writing...

Jun 01 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

A new Eigo Noto 英語ノート lesson: Get the students interested in alphabet displays (signs) and transcribing (writing) them down.

As usual we started with our morning greeting and after reviewing the alphabet and numbers by ten's with the chanting songs on the CD we went directly into a review of the alphabet transcribing activity on page 14 in Book 2.

eigonoto numbers in ten's eigonoto the alphabet on the board

My elementary school students are not very strong in this area so we thought it best to do a review of the Activity on page 14 as a "whole class" activity. This basically involves me, the ALT, saying a letter and the students finding words with that letter inside them and shouting them out as they find them. No hands-up needed for this activity. "That would just slow us down." Listen to the audio and you can hear the children speaking freely as they find the letters I ask them to find and the words as a result of it. I'm sure they could find any letter in the picture but I wanted them to speak up more and practice their sight-reading out-loud. This is a "free-speak" exercise and the kids love to voice themselves out and really shout it out. I really admire that. They got lots of praise and flattery after the lesson.

audio: the alphabet search, and free speaking Japanese kids from elementary

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 2-3 - Page 14 - Activity 1: There are many letters around you? Can you guess what they say? - Alphabet Exercise

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 2-3 - Page 15 - Activity 2 For Activity 2 on page 15, the teacher's book did state that we ought to, as teachers, present one sign at a time, and have the students discuss and decide in groups, select one display from the town picture, then select one or two alphabet letters, then give or present it as a quiz; one per group. Wow, 6 quizzes for an exercise that would probably take 5-10 minutes just to explain, 5 minutes for the kids to decide on which sign and which letter, and a waiting period of 5-10 minutes while doing a rotation for 6-8 quizes for the whole class. No way, Jose! What a waste of time. I really don't like activities that actually take more time to explain and set up for versus the actual speaking time for the kids.

Well, our kids are stronger and maybe a little to impatient for that. Also, with that plan, that would mean one quiz from each group and we have usually 6-8 groups in elementary school so that might be too few a number.

Instead, we had the students first review the alphabet as per the audio above and then we had them make their own quizzes individually with an A4 sheet of paper folded to make 6 lateral sheets. This way they could create 6 quizzes, practice their "transcribing" skills and quiz 6 of their friends. But let's not just create a quiz for 2 letters like "MD" in the Teacher's Book on page 36. Why not try the whole word from any item in the town picture on page 14?

eigonoto writing the alphabet on the board As you can see by the strip of paper, in the picture to the left, on the top right side of the board, each student would take an A4 sheet of paper, fold it to make 6 strips, by slicing or ripping it in half (I love doing this by hand or with my katana, just kidding...) and write down one of the display signs from page 14 secretly so they could later quiz their friends. Rollover the pic to the left for more info...

eigonoto A4 paper on the board After finishing the writing, they could fold the paper 6-8 times and present it to their friends as a puzzle. They had to be creative in their folding skills so that is why you can see the word "imagination" and the Japanese translation on the board. I like using some "big words" to the kids once in a while.


This way, every student could have the practice of speaking and presenting the puzzle 5-6 times individually instead of only one student from each group and only for one time. I think presentations are effective in English Class lessons but they are not so effective if only a few students in the class can do them. The Teacher's Book had a nice idea, but it seems to work best for very very very small classes. Like 4-8 students. So, probably good for English Schools like Aeon, Nova, and ECC English lessons.

Oops, I forgot to take a picture of the folded quiz sheets, but we still had enough time left over for the kids to note down their quiz items and the names of the person they quizzed in their Eigo Noto's. Also, as part of page 15, you might notice the circled 1 and 2 in the pink box. That's just my way of 'doubling up' exercises so the children can do both (10 quizzes) in one day or as per this lesson we chose to do #2 for a review game in the future.

Lastly, we ended the lesson reviewing the signs and displays on page 14 and looked at the students textbooks and checked their writing skills. One class had to spend some time fixing it up but the students didn't seem to mind.

There was also another activity in the Teacher's Book which seemed very interesting since it was written in Japanese (so I couldn't really get passed alphabet in katakana) so it was saved for a "rainy day."

Eigo Note Book 2 Unit 3 Lesson 1 "When is you birthday?" ...coming soon.



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