San-in English Teachers Group Meeting – September 29

This meeting is for all English teachers!
Babies, Kids, Elementary School, Junior High School, High School, University, Adults, Private, Public, Native English Speakers, Non-Native English Speakers…
All English teachers are welcome! (And students preparing to become English teachers!)

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Place: Matsue, Josai Kominkan (松江市、城西公民館)
Fee: 200-300 yen, depending on number of participants (to cover the 2,400 yen room charge)

Topic: Warm-ups/Closings and Classroom Management

For this meeting, I would like to cover the types of activities and language you use when you start a class and when you close a class. Do you do the same thing for all of your classes? Is it different for different ages/English levels?

Things to talk about might be songs, games, quizzes, apps, calendars and other props. Please bring examples. If you have a certain song that you use, please tell me the name of the song and if I have it, I will bring it! I have lots and lots of songs and am always expanding my collection…

The other thing I thought might be useful is classroom management materials. By this, I mean forms and applications that you use to keep track of things like attendance, what you did in class, notes about how it went, homework, reward charts… I have gone through a few different versions of forms myself and would be happy to share what has worked and not worked for me, but I also hope to see what you are using! So please come prepared to share! If you would like, you can send me any forms ahead of time and I will put them into a presentation I can put on the big screen so everyone can see. Or just bring a copy to pass around. You can send me files anytime up until the Friday before the meeting.

Also, Robert Sieveking has a new game called Question Quest, published by RIC Publications that he would like to try out with everyone! It looks like a fun and interesting game. I am guessing that the actual game is probably for junior high students, at the youngest. Most of the teachers endorsing the game on its website are teaching at universities. I am already thinking about possible ways to make my own adaptations of it… For more about the game, you can check out the Question Quest website.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 1:30 – 2:20 — Ways to Start a Class
  • 2:20 – 2:30 — Break
  • 2:30 – 2:55 — Game: Question Quest
  • 2:55 – 3:20 — Classroom Mangagement Materials
  • 3:20 – 3:30 — Break
  • 3:30 – 4:15 — Ways to Finish a Class
  • 4:15 – 4:30 — Close the Meeting

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