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May 10th, 2016, 22:56
I am an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan with a contracted teacher who in good in English (some what stutters) and Japanese at an public Elementary school with 2 Year 5 and 2 Year 6. (Also 1 Year 4 which I with the home room teacher who is good- not bad English) For last lesson (plus general communication) we did ES_HiFriends_Game_FirstPhonicsLesson (http://www.englipedia.net/Pages/ES_HiFriends_Game_FirstPhonicsLesson.aspx) ES_HiFriends_Game_FirstPhonicsLesson (http://www.englipedia.net/Pages/ES_HiFriends_Game_FirstPhonicsLesson.aspx)
for the Year 6 and some preparation for ES_HiFriends_Game_GreetingsFromMyCountry (http://www.englipedia.net/Pages/ES_HiFriends_GreetingFromMyCountry.aspx) ES_HiFriends_Game_GreetingsFromMyCountry (http://www.englipedia.net/Pages/ES_HiFriends_GreetingFromMyCountry.aspx)
and these lesson went fine with us still working how to work together. The Home Room teacher have limited English and aren't involved much.
The students were capable of doing the content and class involvement had a bit of struggle but OK to great depending on the class.

We don't have to follow Hi Friends (until the friendly teachers make some request) and the school has no AV equipment or whiteboards and highly restricted colour printing but the school does have a good wealth of flash cards, he has resources (he owns a juku) and I have a lot of children's books. I don't have experience with elementary schools but with small groups of similar ages and high schools.

I am intend to follow some content from Englipedia but what would you do- which games/activities would you choose? Please help. I just need some ideas.
Its hard to get the other teacher to give his creative input but he is good with responses and school coordination.

May 11th, 2016, 09:50
If you have no experience with elementary school and aren't getting any help from the homeroom teachers, then I suggest following the textbook for ideas. If you feel a little brave, then you can venture out from the textbook, but developing a 35 week curriculum takes time and experience.

You usually want to spend four classes on each lesson. I like to do:
Class 1: New Vocabulary
Class 2: Target Sentence
Class 3: Target Question
Class 4: Put it all together

The games and activities you choose would be ones that support the goal of each lesson. If you're teaching Lesson 4 in Hi, Friends 1, then:
Class 1: Fruit/Sports/Animals vocabulary
Class 2: I like ~ / I don't like ~
Class 3: Do you like ~? -Yes, I do. / No, I don't.
Class 4: Have the students interview each other, and let them ask original questions about their own likes (Do you like Youkai Watch? Do you like Arashi?)
You can use activities from Englipedia that follow these themes.

This is how I used to make lessons, but my school now makes us use the MEXT official lesson plans, which are awful, but give you some structure if that's what you're looking for.

May 11th, 2016, 18:26
Thanks for your reply.