Developing English as a Skill for Life

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Developing English as a Skill for Life

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Why FCP

To E mpower our students by getting the year off to a good start

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Food for Thought

First impressions always count

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Preparing for the first class

Complete the student sheet so that you have a quick idea of where your student is at: what level – how long with TLC and how far off from the Natural learning curve. Prepare a small presentation about yourself to explain to your students Explain the conditions needed to be put in place to ensure good learning happens Try out an FCP formsite before going to class so that you feel comfortable logging in and out and the students feels you know what you are doing If class is face to face check travel plans – if class is online check your computer connections

Complete the student sheet so that you have a quick idea of where your student is at: what level – how long with TLC and how far off from the Natural learning curve. Prepare a small presentation about yourself to explain to your students Explain the conditions needed to be put in place to ensure good learning happens Try out an FCP formsite before going to class so that you feel comfortable logging in and out and the students feels you know what you are doing If class is face to face check travel plans – if class is online check your computer connections

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What are the criteria that are covered in your First class

The main check list that needs to be covered in your first class: INTRODUCE YOUR SELVES Introduce yourself to your student Get them to do the same Check the information they give you against the information on PWII  GO OVER THEIR BIG PICTURE OBJECTIVE Remind them of their final objective Discuss what is the present CEFR level they are working towards Discuss when they should be expecting to validate the next CEFR level if they do what you expect them to do GO OVER THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME Start by checking what they did the previous year (if they were with TLC) so you can gauge if they are ready for this year’s course. Check their folder for this year to ensure all is in order, for online classes send digital copies. Discuss how you expect them to work and what homework quantities you will be expecting of them CHECK LOGISTICS show them the yearly calendar and explain to them they will receive a copy by mail. If students below B2 level, then ensure they have access to quizlet and that you as a teacher can explain to them how it works. For online classes and face to face (for older students in secondary school) create a TLC folder on their computer desktop where you can download soft copies of their workbooks and other documents during the year. For online classes ensure your student has correct Wi-Fi and that you feel comfortable with their internet and computer set up. Explain to them the rescheduling policy and how to contact you; START TEACHING…

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Presenting yourselves

The teacher presents themselves professionally : explaining a bit about themselves in terms of where they come from , what countries they may have lived in, how they feel speaking English has been useful for them as well as what makes them qualified to teach them for the year . Students are to present themselves on a more personal level : talk about the school they go to, the class they are in at school ,, their age , their family situation (N° of sibllngs , parents etc ) as well as how many years they have been learning English and how many years with TLC. Teachers then ask students what English level they think they are at and from there remind them of their BIG Picture objective and how this years course fits into it .

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Go over the student’s BIG PICTURE

Like all ambitious projects there must be the following elements in place: - Know where you are going – Define final objective. At TLC every student has a final objective may it be C2 or C1 when they finish high school. Check on PWII and ensure your student knows this. - Know the different steps that need to be covered in order to get there – Explain the Common European Framework and where their course this year fits in. As well as when their next exam objective is planned for and what level they would be validating. - Explain that to move up one CEFR level they must clock 200 hours of academic exposure (lessons, homework and other means of academic exposure)– Hence the importance of attendance and completing the equivalent lesson time in homework time. - Ensure the conditions for learning are in place :

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Discussing what conditions for learning need to be in place for good learning to happen

For learning to happen , teachers need to ensure that certain conditions for learning are in place and that their student understands this: Evaluate students personal motivation Evaluate the type of family support they have Ensure that all the equipment necessary for learning are in place Ensure student understands the importance of daily exposure versus doing homework once a week and that if the teacher fails to set enough homework(equivalent of the time of the lesson per week) it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they inform the teacher that more homework needs to be set! Ensure student understands the purpose of homework Ensure both teacher and student have comfortable working conditions for the lessons to take place.

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Go over the overview of their course and what they should be able to do at the end of this year

Every course covers the following teaching intentions to ensure fluency of the four skills : Explain what you will be teaching for this year in terms of : Phonetics Spelling Grammar at word level Grammar at sentence level Vocabulary Reading for decoding Writing expectations Writing at sentence level And the outcomes of the skills they should be able to do at the end of the year in terms of: Reading Wriitng Speaking Listening

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Check logistics

Ensure the student has the following at hand: -This years folder ( paper and online version by creating a TLC folder to keep all docs in one place) -Last years folder if aplicable -Access to quizlet if belows B2 level learning - Acess to a computer and all requirements for online classes and face to face classes ( that may need to be on line due to COVID) -Student knows when classes start and finish during the year anf knows how to contact you Student is informed of the TLC rescheduling policy

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By completing the FCP

As a teacher you have clearly explained where they are going , what they will do to get there , what they need to do to ensure it happens and that you will monitor the situation in six weeks and check if they have put in place what needs to be put in place for learning to happen . Now you have put the ball in their court!!! That is what a professional teacher does : ensures students clearly know what they have to do!