Yesterday I made a presentation at ETJ Fukuoka. I'd like to thank Eric Kane for inviting me to present for ELF Learning at the Expo.
It was a first for me, so I was nervous, but I learned from the experience.
Thanks to those who attended.
My talk was "Basics for Beginner - Building a core with Young Learners".
I spoke about the first important steps for young learners during the stage where they are just learning to communicate and learning to read and write through phonics.
I hope I was able to show;
1. A flexible flashcard based teaching system paired with a good phonics book and reader is an amazing way to teach young learners.
2. A rich vocabulary in the course is very important as it creates many opportunites to provide memorable lessons with real communcation.
One example I used in my presentation was with story 1 - "The Lunchbox" from TRW readers 2.
In the following video you can see two of my young learners reading the story. We hadn't practiced this story in class, but these guys were so excited to get this reader they went home and read the story together. (the video was shot by their mum)
In my presentation I showed some activities I will do with in my next class with these students to further improve their reading and fix up a few little issues.
A well written phonics story such as this allow you to do things such as;
- practice the target phonics
- assign students to play roles of narrator and characters
- after reading the story you can interview the characters and see how they feel. In this story of course they are hungry because they had no lunch. We then asked the characters what they wanted for lunch and with our magic lunch box gave them what they wanted. The characters then improvised and read the story again.
You can find links to these stories and also phonics chants by ELF Learning on my Kids Learning Page.