All you Writing Center teachers (those who want to be or not), I am in desperate need of help!
I'm not a teacher. I love teaching, but it's not something I've been trained for. Now I'm in the middle of a foreign country, teaching app. 1300 students (yes, that's one thousand three hundred - 60-70 per class, remember?), and I have no idea what to teach them. Here's a basic breakdown for the level of my classes:
10-15 students will understand me.
20-30 can scrape by thanks to certain phrases and my very exaggerated hand motions and facial expressions.
The rest have somehow managed to come through 4 years of English classes, including one year of Oral English, and can't say or understand more than "Hello." They can read English if I make them, but actually trying to get them to speak is laughable.
Now, how do you tailor a lesson to suit 4th graders, kindergarteners, and preschoolers, but make that lesson work for teenagers? And keep in mind that there are 60-70 of them, so group activities are really interesting...
I'm lost. This last week I taught money and shopping, and a little about culture differences for American restaurants. It went pretty well in most classes, but now I have another week staring me in the face, and no ideas.
Please, please, someone help me out! If you have random topic ideas, it would at least be something to work with!
(In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little overwhelmed this week. It doesn't help that I've been sick for the last 4 days; can I just tell you how hard it is to make yourself stand in front of 70 Chinese teenagers when you're sick?)