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Shelley Zansler

Site: ETC
Lesson Title: Fashion show / You’re the tour guide
Date of Class: Mar 13, 2020
Time of Class: 8:15 AM
MC: AmandaAdventurousTraveler
DJ: ShelleySincereLearner
Module: Kindai Senshu Program
How Many Learners: 7
Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

Self Evaluation

Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 6
Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 8

What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today went really well. Logistically speaking, everything went as expected, which definitely helped in not feeling rushed or pressured.

We started the class by doing a fast reverse yell and spell, since everyone knew each other’s names by now. Everyone did one typical yell and spell followed by a fast spelling of their name, which the whole group would fast-spell back. It went really well.

Then we stood up and went through some clothing vocabulary. (e.g. “Point to ‘jeans.’ Point to ‘sweater.'”) That warmup activity felt just right in that it struck a balance between light movement, a little brain engagement, and interaction between learners. And it was an excellent prep for the fashion show activity!

Amanda and I modeled the fashion show activity. I read the description Amanda wrote about her outfit as she modeled, and vice versa. The learners wrote their scripts with a little guidance. Then they practiced in pairs (with one group of three). The group of three really hammed it up, so they were great starters when it came time for the official fashion show. Some of the more reticent learners definitely got more comfortable after watching their classmates sell it. So fun.

After a short break, we got everyone moving with the hero moves we had planned on using with the hero activity that ultimately got the axe. Then we did a role switch and had the learners take turns leading us as tour guides through the school. It was raining outside, but that school is huge, so there was plenty to look at. Some were more into it than others, but what can you do? Everyone participated and did a good job. We even got to watch a bit of a PE class and walk through the gym while students were having an open PE day.

We finished up by running through the song, which definitely had some improvement, and asking everyone what their favorite ESL activity was. Singing the song, going to Fred Meyer, and trying candy were the top contenders. :)

The only bummer about today was hearing that the sayonara party may be cancelled. This made saying goodbye to everyone a little weird. It was a very uncertain goodbye. I hope we work something out, though!