Thursday, June 29, 2006
Today Dr. H, Lisya and I met to preliminarily begin planning the curriculum for the course we'll (along with two other teachers) be teaching at Pusan National University for a month this summer. The kinds of issues we discussed included how to help the students build a foundation of spoken English with different types of materials and activities. Dr. H told us about a popular movie in Korea about teaching English - Please Teach Me English - and how it highlights the differences between student expectations and teacher expectations. Because not all of the teachers could make this meeting, it was kept pretty short. Another meeting is scheduled for Monday. By then, Dr. H wants us to think about possible lesson units, a list of topics for discussion, and possible resources to use in teaching these topics. While we were meeting, in my mind, I was going through a list of possible sources - Teaching Pronunciaton, Keep Talking, Pronunciation Pairs, Whadaya Say - as well as possible activities - jigsaw activities and current events.