As a Language and Culture Assistant, I had the unique opportunity to not only assist in language learning in the classroom, but also to share my own culture with the students in a variety of ways.
As a Language Assistant, I helped the teachers review homework, read stories, monitor the classroom, and present lessons. But I also was the given opportunities to create and do activities with the students to help them learn. Below are some highlighted examples of the types of activities and lessons I prepared for the students.
Halloween Cultural Event
I teamed up with the other Language Assistants in the primary school to create a haunted house for a Halloween cultural event.
For this, we set up a hall of purposeful decorations, walls, activities, and hidden passageways. Dressed as a vampire, I acted as the guide through the experience, speaking to each small group of students in English and explaining the rules.
We dialed down the scares when the little ones went through, and upped them when the older primary kids went through, making for a fun experience for all ages (including even some of the teachers!)
Each year, my school has a cultural week planned for late March in which students in each of the classes work on a project that they will present during cultural week. This year's project was on Wonderful Women in history.
As a Language Assistant, I helped aid in the students' learning by creating worksheets and presenting informative articles geared towards their language levels to help them learn more about Wonderful Women in history.
Within each worksheet came new vocabulary that the students learned.
One such vocabulary word that was going to be an integral part of the project, "Activist," I decided to take extra time explaining to the students and allowing them to voice their own opinions as to what an activist is.
Every two weeks, we dedicated a class period to going over each of these worksheets, after which, the students broke up into groups and did further research on a woman assigned to them, so that they may present what they learned during cultural week.
Practicing Past Simple
After seeing my 4th grade class struggle a little with learning past simple, I created this activity that allowed the students to practice in an engaging and entertaining way.
The goal was to tell a story, but the catch is that each student contributed a new sentence each time. Which means that they could take the story in whatever crazy direction they wanted. This is just one of the examples of creative stories we wrote together.
Some good habits we established in past simple were saying "went to" instead of "go to", "ate" instead of "eat", and "saw" instead of "see."
Final Project: First Aid
For my Final Project in MOOC, I developed a lesson plan, activities, and a worksheet to present in class to my 4th Grade students.
The students were learning about Health and Illness in their Natural Science class. There was a tiny section about first aid, but I thought it was important to spend some more time on the topic. You never know when you or someone close to you will get hurt, and having a basic understanding of first aid and key vocabulary when applying first aid, can be extremely beneficial.