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Idea for teaching presentation/demo with 600 students

Unread postby ningaimee » Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:58 am

Hi there,

I'm James - and I'm not sure what the best thing is to do;

I have been a member of our school's foreign faculty for a few years, but I am not a teacher of ESL.

I've been asked (told) by our school head to address an audience of about 600 prospective students (age range 6 to 11 years), for a 20 minute period, and perform/present/act/teach.

This is what I know so far:

1. The teacher will have a microphone and be standing on a stage.

2. The children will be present in the form of a standing crowd facing the stage.

3. The teacher will have the use of two teaching "assistants".

4. An overhead projector is available.

5. The 20 minute 'activity' should be interactive & interesting.


Has anyone here been in a similar situation?

What works? What doesn't work?

Comments greatly appreciated.


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Re: Idea for teaching presentation/demo with 600 students

Unread postby Shelley » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:39 am

Hi there,
This reply is probably too late for you but it could benefit the many teachers viewing your post.

With that number of children I'd be inclined to do a song, like this:

1. Introduce some key words in the song. Play a game like "Jump the Line" (in my games book). In brief: two columns of words on the board to left and right of line, you call out one of the words and the kids jump to the left or right - if there is no room for jumping they can put their left arm or right arm out. The movement makes it interactive. At first you only show two words, practise with those then feed in more to a max of six to eight new words. (Six would be get a higher success rate).

2. Next show an action for each word - you say the word and the kids make the relevant action.

3. Play the song and whenever one of the keywords comes up the kids make the relevant action.

4. Play a game like http://www.teachingenglishgames.com/games/relayrace.htm
In this game the children have a chance to say the new words for themselves now that they have heard them many times over in the above three activities.

Hope that goes well!.
Let me know!
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