Teaching Style and Resources
I am known for my dynamic and interactive teaching style. Over the course of my career I have developed teaching techniques and materials which really help my students to make progress and perfect their skills.
In class, I like to use a variety of media such as PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and interactive activities or games. It's my firm belief that the students should be as engaged as possible with the material and should be allowed to repeat concepts and vocabulary many times in different situations.
Here I would like to show just a few examples of the resources that I use in my lessons.
Mini-whiteboards: This is an activity that I have used many times. For this each student needs a mini-whiteboard (or an iPad if your school is high-tech) at hand. The teacher can ask the whole class a question and get them to write the answer on their whiteboards. When they are done they show the teacher their answers. I much prefer this to asking individual students to give answers because I can check the progress of the whole class instantly. This is useful if I'm covering some very important material and I need to make sure everyone has understood before moving on.
Quizlet: I use quizlet as a means of showing my class how sentence structure works. To do this I have created a series of flash cards in French/English and German/English. I ask my students to work in pairs or threes and to try to work together to translate the English sentences into the target language. The sentences are constructed so that they review grammatical points or vocabulary seen in previous lessons. In addition to being a useful tool for review there is automatically generated audio for each sentence so they can practice pronunciation.
Click here for the French flashcards.
Click here for the German flashcards.
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Quiz Quiz Trade: This is an activity developed by the 'Kagan' company which has a wealth of teaching activities for all sorts of situations. In this activity the students each have a small piece of paper with a question on one side and the answer on the back. The students walk around and find a partner. They take it in turns to ask their partner their question and help their partner if they are stuck. The student can then give the answer and then it's their partner's turn to ask the question and check their answer. Once both students have asked their question they swap cards and they find a new partner.
This activity is excellent for reviewing older material and to get the class moving around the classroom. I find it really livens up the classroom and gets the students more motivated. It also helps to split up longer lessons. I hate to see my students vegetate in their seats for too long!
Below is an example of some cards that I hand out. The front side is shown here but the students would be able to see the answers on the back.