6th grade, One Direction

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Name of Teacher: Christian Steger

Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary School 6th graders

Textbook and specific lesson: Hi friends 2! Lesson 4 (directions)

Goal: To be able to give easy directions in English

Preparation: self-made flashcards (vocabulary of places, buildings), whiteboard & projector, a map (of your hometown), worksheet

Class time: 45 - 50 min


Starter:

Usually I begin the lesson with the common greeting procedures and ask the students 4 regular questions (e.g. ‘What day is today?, What’s the date today?’, ‘How is the weather today?’ & ‘How are you today?’) (3 min).

Warm-up:

After the greeting I do a regular warm-up activity with the kids, which is usually connected to the content of the lesson before. In this section I try to do activities which involve everyone at the same time and keep them busy (5-7 min).

Lesson introduction:

Now I start the regular lesson and write today’s goal on the blackboard. Japanese students are used to a special teaching style where the teacher usually writes the goal of the lesson on the blackboard and introduces the content to the students. I make use of the same teaching style to make sure that they can follow my instructions and are not confused. Since I am instructing classes completely alone at Elementary schools I normally write in Japanese: 「めあて: 相手に英語で道案内することができるようになりましょう♫」on the blackboard. If you are instructing courses with a JTE together, the teacher should write in down for you (2 min).

Vocabulary training:

Now I am practicing the new words with the children for the first time. My self-made flashcards are mostly based on the vocabulary of the textbook ‘Hi, friends!’, so some of the students already know certain words and terms. Lesson 4 of ‘Hi friends!” offers the following words: department store, flower shop, school, station, post office and so on. I decided, in order to provide a better intercultural and international understanding, to prepare flashcards which exclusively show places and buildings of the mentioned above vocabulary in Germany and especially my hometown. Practice also vocabulary like ‘Turn left!’, ‘Turn right’ e.g. by showing various pictures at the same time to strengthen their understanding (13 min).

Working with the new vocabulary:

Tell the students to work in pairs! Show them your prepared map of your city/village. Keep in mind that maps with many streets and objects might be difficult for the students to understand at first. I chose a map with only 10 streets and nearly no objects. On this card I wrote the names of the buildings and places of ‘Hi friends!’ Lesson 4 like school, restaurant etc. . While the kids are looking on the screen I give them a handout with exactly the same card. Now each students chooses a place where she/he wants to go and thinks about the direction explanations in English. Help them when there are problems and misunderstandings. Encourage your students to use the new English phrases (‘go straight’, ‘turn left’ e.g.) as much as possible while they´re writing (5-10 min).

Work in pairs:

At the end of the lesson each kid has to make a short performance in front of the class. While one kid is giving the directions in English his/her partner comes to the front and receives a pointer. Now he/she has to follow the directions of his/her partner by using the pointer on the map. When he/she arrived at their goal the rest of the kids in class say the word of the destination, then the partners change the roles and start from the beginning.