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I need advice on teaching an American kid.

Unread postby addertongue » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:21 am

I have been teaching English in Taiwan for almost 8 years. All my students are Taiwanese kids. I teach in a bilingual kindergarten in the morning. Yesterday, one of my students cousin joined our class. He is half Taiwanese half American but he was born in New York. His mom wanted him to learn Chinese so he will be joining our class from now on.

He is a sweet kid but he enjoys talking a lot. He talks even when I'm talking or when his classmates are talking. If I ask him to stop, he will give me a pout and not participate in class anymore. I have never taught an American kid ever. Any advice?
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Re: I need advice on teaching an American kid.

Unread postby Susan » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:07 pm

I think you need to speak to someone in charge. You can't teach all the class English and just one student Chinese. They're two completely different topics and this sweet kid needs to join a different class
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Re: I need advice on teaching an American kid.

Unread postby addertongue » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:31 am

Thanks Susan!
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Re: I need advice on teaching an American kid.

Unread postby profteach » Tue May 20, 2014 10:11 am

I can see why they would put him in your class. Making friends and talking with native speakers of a language is the best way to learn. It isn't good if he is interrupting your class though. Maybe you can make him students leads in a weekly project where each student 'teaches' English. That way he gets a turn to publicly talk and also pays attention when others are talking. You can also deal with difficult students bu giving them leadership roles. When you're talking, you can ask him to jot down your 'instructions' on the board.

A good thing to do whenever a new student joins is to take a class off to establish ground rules. It can be a class activity where the students suggest what the rules should be and what the penalty for not following it is. The rules have to be such that even you, as a teacher, follow it. So if one of the rules is punctuality and you are late, you will have to undertake the penalty. Penalties are usually silly things like - sing a song, tell a joke, do a spot dance etc. And when the students suggest these rules, they are more likely to follow it.
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Re: I need advice on teaching an American kid.

Unread postby addertongue » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:20 am

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