Teaching Tips from Teacher Cassie!
Change of Pace
Reference Material and Resources
- First, log into, or download the lessons one by one and go through them on your own, click around, read the reference material on the side, (sometimes there will be similar styled platforms that may prompt you to use a button or speaker feature not shown in the platform, and if it isn’t there its ok, that’s just the general reference for that particular platform, and you can still utilize the page somehow, “what do you see?”, maybe introducing new words or sentence structures with use of the picture or characters, etc) and get a general feel for the lesson and it’s functions.
- Next, if you don't understand what a given picture is, maybe you don't know what it is supposed to be or how it fits in, then that's when you do your homework! Go through the general course lessons, see which one you are stuck on and go back a few lessons (for example, I had one lesson where Koby and his parents were on a plane and we were introducing how to order food, and what types they prefer, "would you rather have this, or that", and it asked what seat they were sitting in??? I was unsure, so I went back through the previous lessons in my reference material and found that these students previously learned the seating arrangement in a plane, "middle seat", "window seat", row 1, 2, 3, etc. and by the time I got to teach I was an expert not only in ordering food but in where to sit on a plane!) This will greatly increase your good know-how feedback because you'll come off as a prepared and confident teacher!
- Lastly, if you do not know how to pronounce something, please simply do your personal best to look it up beforehand so that we can accurately teach the word or phrase to the students. Maybe even familiarizing yourselves with the Chinese customs that fit into some lessons (for example, there is a lesson on Chinese New Year, and I learned that to prepare for that day, they do an extensive cleaning of the home and paste "spring couplets [cup-lets]", so what did I do in that scenario? I looked up how to pronounce couplets, and was sure I understood the custom, and how everything is used as well!)