Up until this point, I have only taught a year and a half and in that time, most of my jobs required strict book work or the lessons already prepared for me. However, in my last job I resolved to try to make supplemental material for the book so the kids could really use their English and have a bit of fun.
The lesson I really enjoyed was a basic lesson on greetings. The lesson was very simple, we used the book to learn the expressions “Hi, how are you?” “Hello, I am ____.” “Good bye, ______.” “Bye-bye.” I liked this lesson most because it was simple for the kids and they were confident in what they knew. It is important for students to have confidence in their language skills. It’s a thin line we EFL teachers dance on between challenging them and maintaining their confidence. I taught elementary from phonics to advance levels; this was a lesson for my low-beginner class. I notice my Korean boy students love reading Korean comic books (man-hwa) and the girls love to draw, so I asked the kids to use the target language and make a simple man-hwa. Here is the example that I created for them as reference:
The kids had so much fun making up interesting stories with characters of their own creation or based on their friends. I was extremely surprised that no student copied my example and really made the assignment their own! Having kids running up to show me their stories and asking them to read it for me was equally as fun for me as it was for them. They had something to take away from the lesson and I knew that everyone understood the material.