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language, and more complex personal description language. It can probably be used for any level from pre-intermediate, but will shine best with higher levels. For lower levels, you'll have to limit the amount of language. For higher levels it will serve more as a language review with new new language added of course for the activation.
At the activation of the lesson, students take either the role of a captured spy or an interrogator. Spies are briefly given fake family trees and description of family members that they have to memorise and answer questions correctly about from the interrogators.
Introduction (just a minute or so) Walk in with a long coat and sunglasses and start questioning your class in a stern manner. Ask the class various questions about their life/background: where they work, about their family, where they live... etc. Do this for a few students and then ask them what you are doing. Try to elicit the concept of questioning someone.
Lead In (5-7 minutes)
1. Have you ever been seriously questioned before? Explain the circumstances.
2. What are 3 different situations where you would be questioned in depth about something?
3 Have you ever lied while being questioned? Who are best kinds of people at lying while being questioned?
Target Language (7-10 Minutes) Review or New.
Depending on your level, teach review target language on these three different categories.
If you have a lower level class, just focus on one of these categories.
Language can vary depending on what you want to teach, but might look something like this.
Person history: marital status, offspring, children, current work...
Family: Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles...
Physical characteristics: facial hair, wavy/straight/curly hair, muscular build, stocky...etc
The types of lexis depend on what you want to focus on and your level.
Study 1: (5-10 minutes) Students do a charade/pictionary/definition game where they are given a series of these words and they have to have the other students guess what the word is. Divide the class in teams and make it a competition.
Study 2: (10 minutes) Change up groups and pass out various pictures of people. Students now have to describe the pictures to the other students using the target language. Have them make up basic stories about how they think they are related and what their personal history is.
Segway: (5 minutes)
Write the word interrogator and spy up on the board. Ask the students if they know what these words mean. Ask them why/how a spy would be interrogated? Would a spy tell the truth? How can spies lie so well to interrogators?
Activation: (10-15 minutes)
Materials: You will need case files of different spies. These case files have a bio of the spy's fake identity, along with a fake family tree with pictures of the different family members.
Take 1/2 of the class out of the room. Tell the remaining class that they are interrogators and a group of spies have been captured last night. Have them review language that would be used when interrogating someone. This can include phrases like 'I know you're lying' 'fess up' etc. Tell them that they have to question the spies on their personal backgrounds using the target language to try and get the spy to mess up. The more questions the spy gets wrong, the more likely his/her cover will be blown.
While the interrogators are practicing the language and practicing asking questions, go talk to the spies. Pass each of them a fake spy bio. Tell them that they have 3 (time doesn't matter) minutes to memorise all of the information in the packet and will be asked questions about their life history, their family and what their family looks like.
Give the bios to the interrogators and bring one spy in at a time. The interrogators have to ask them 10-20 questions about their history and family. Spies get graded on how many questions they are successfully able to get right with the winner being named the Super Spy. Interrogators are graded on how much pressure they put on the spy and how uncomfortable they make them feel. Board mistakes and positive things from the lesson. Correct errors. End the lesson with a joke
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Take a look at some pics from our September TEFL certificate course in Prague. If you are interested in teaching abroad, sign up for classes on our website The Language House TEFL www.thelanguagehouse.net
Sunday, September 22, 2013
What a long summer it was. Great courses and more students than The Language House TEFL has ever had. Time to get back to work. What can you expect in the next month? More free lesson plans, demo videos and brand new METHODOLOGY videos. Stay tuned.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Most TEFL Teachers in Prague make about 20k-25k a month. That's in CZK not dollars! Here are
my tips to get past 30k and even up to 40k a month.
1. Get Good: Being a good teacher is the first thing you need to do. The better you get in the classroom, the more likely schools are going to give you more classes, pay you more and give you better clients. Students will recommend you more and approach you more for private lessons for themselves or for their friends/company. Try to improve on your skills daily. If you reach a wall, ask someone to observe you or video your lesson and review it. Also, ask to observe some good teachers and learn from them.
2. Ask for a Raise: Czech's hate giving out more money. That's just the way they are. No one is going to give you a raise, you'll have to ask for it. If your students are happy and your classes are filling up, ask for a raise after about 4 months of teaching.
3. Get on a Good Schedule: Traveling all over the city for classes does nothing except eat out of the potential time for you to earn money. Try and block your classes so that you're generally teaching at the same place and one after the other. It can be exhausting at first to teach back to back to back lessons, but traveling all over the city or having hours of breaks between lessons is way worse.
4. Get Privates: Easier said than done, but still relatively easy to do. Being good helps, marketing yourself helps more. We'll talk about tips for this below
5. Create a Business: Go the extra mile to look professional. Create a blog, a business card and some basic promotional materials. The blog is free via Wordpress or Blogspot and can be basic. Just have some information on yourself, your rates, some reviews, and your contact information. If you can add pictures, then that's great. All of this can be done in a matter of a few hours. The business card will cost some money, but shouldn't be more than 200-600 CZK to create and print. Likewise, a couple of flyers that you can post up around the city won't cost much either.
6. Market Yourself: Now that you have a blog and some other materials, use them. Post your blog on message boards and classified sections in various online resources. The blog can be in English, but if you can add some basic Czech to the listings, that will probably help. Do this all of the time. The more people see your name and your services, the more likely they will remember it and recommend it to their English learning friends. Hand out your business card to everyone you meet and post a flyers around the city in appropriate places.
7. Consolidate Privates: A trick that I used to do was put two private students of the same level for a small group class. If you are charging around 300 CZK per private student, you can probably charge 400 CZK for pairs. If you have 3 students, charge 500 CZK...etc. This is a very easy way to maximize your hourly rate.
8. Get a Zivno: This is a must. A Zivnostensky not only allows you to work at multiple schools with ease, but also for companies directly. Teaching directly for a company can double what you'd normally be paid at a language school. I use Easy Visa S.R.O http://easyvisasro.com/
9. Contact Businesses Directly: So few teachers do this, but the ones that do often are very successful. Contact all types of businesses and promote yourself to them. You'll need a Zivno to be able to do this legally though.
10. Get Reviews: Reviews and referrals are more important than qualifications and experience when it comes to what students look for. Try to get your current students to write a review for you that you can then post up on your blog. Encourage your current students to mention you to any friends they might have. Maybe one of your students works for a company that is looking for an English teacher.
11. Get a Professional Space: Teaching in a coffee shop or your apartment might work well in the beginning, but if you can find some kind of professional space you'll be in better shape. If you can rent a room in an office for a few hours a day to do your classes, that might help a lot.
12. Get More Training: If you don't have any qualifications, get them. Also think of add on certificates to help you out with specialization.
13. Specialize: Cambridge Exams and Business English are usually the most common types of specialization. If you are unfamiliar with the Cambridge exams, research them. The tests, if you know what you're doing, are actually pretty easy to pass. If you can market yourself as a specialist, and back it up with results, you'll be in great shape.
Hope that helps! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below.
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