Qkids Coach's Tips: 7 Tips to Extend a Class

Qkids Coach's Tips: 7 Tips to Extend a Class

Written by: Lin, Charles, Krystal, Lana, Pearl

Hello Teachers, have you ever got into a panic when you find your students so smart that the teaching contents offered by the curriculum are just not enough to help you hit the 30-min mark? Are you looking for strategies to increase classroom participation and make a good connection with your students?  

If you can't help nodding your head, try to spice up the teaching content with proper extension!

What is an Extension?

An extension is how you develop the teaching contents by adding additional information to help students deepen understanding and have more practice with the language targets.

If you extend properly, students with different language proficiency and learning preferences can be better satisfied and you, as a teacher, can better manage the pacing and enjoy popularity among the kids.

With that being said, today we'd like to introduce 7 tips which might be helpful:

1. To Ask Questions Related to the Student's Life

Target language: clean one's room

Possible extension: Do you clean your room? / Who cleans your room?


2. To Prompt Students to Share Their Personal Preference & Opinions

Target language:  sing, dance

Possible extension: Do you like to dance? / Who likes to sing? Raise your hand if you do!

Let's see another in-lesson example of how you can incorporate the text-board to record students' ideas.

Target language: breakfast

Possible extension: What would you like to have for breakfast?

3. To Connect With Existing Language Knowledge

As students start Qkids lessons by learning colors and numbers, questions like “What color is...?” & “How many... can you see?” would be an easy choice for the L1 students. To make sure that the questions are challenging enough to the learners, you may also consider asking about what they recently learn, such as having students use a previously-learned sentence structure to produce complete sentences. If you are still new to the lessons, we encourage you to take a look at the curriculum to have a general understanding.

4. To Connect With Facts & Common Senses

Target language: cool, cold

Possible extension: Is winter cold or cool?/ What do you wear in winter? / Does it snow in winter?


5. To Provoke Imagination Within the Scene/Story Plot

Target language: There is a toy shop next to my apartment.  

Possible extension: Where is the bookshop? / What can we do in the bookshop?

6. To Make Comparisons and Talk About Similarities & Difference

Target language: duckling

Possible extension: Ducking is a baby duck.

7. To Invite Target Word Brainstorming

Target language: yummy, sweet, juicy

Possible extension: What food is juicy/yummy/sweet?

Let's see a specific example of how you can make use of the stickers to present your extension.

Extension strategies seem easy to be adopted, but make sure to follow the four principles below so that your extension is appropriate and effective.

An Effective Extension Should Be:

a. student-tailored and level-appropriate

b. related to the learning topic.

c. added around main teaching targets rather than review contents.

d. added on the premise that teachers are in control of the pacing.

We hope the above strategies and examples can be helpful to you. Feel free to try them out in your next lessons and be sure to share your ideas in the comment below. Happy teaching teachers!



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