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    I'm feeling quite confidant about the interview, apart from some variation of the above question. Obviously you can't do much in a 5 minute timeslot, but I'm just interested to know what kind of things other people have done faced with this kind of thing - did you just do it in the form of a presentation, talking about the topic matter? Did you try to get the panel involved, running a short activity or something like that?

    At the moment my plan is to just read through a bunch of books and websites, and adapt something to suite on the day, but I'd still be interested to know how people dealt with this specifically.

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    My advice would be not to go in there with a set short lesson plan in mind - a key thing is that they look for the ability to adapt, and if things go to shit because they asked for a lesson that was different from the one you researched, then it looks bad.

    Sure, research stuff and get a feel for how teaching plans work if you've never taught, but don't go in there with a set idea.

    Besides, 5 minutes doesn't require a lesson plan, 5 minutes is just busy work. Do easy English greetings, or talk about food ("what did you have for breakfast?"), depending on if they specify a level of lesson... which I doubt they would, considering that's something most people learn here.

    They didn't even ask me for that, didn't ask me to sing, dance or anything. The worst question I got was "If you're required to teach a class of 40, how would you assist your JTE in controlling and monitoring the students?" My answer turned out to be exactly what I do now.
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    One of the few things I got out of orientation (prefecture) was KISS - or Keep it Simple Stupid.

    Some of the most effective lessons and activities I've done have been the simplest. So, for a sample lesson, you're better off coming up with something that the kids will understand how to participate in.

    Pronunciation is really important, so a sample activity could just involve the kids parroting you - you could even make them repeat tongue twisters if you want it to be interesting. Even things like giving kids a sheet with a bunch of questions on them and getting them to interview other students works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timoshi
    One of the few things I got out of orientation (prefecture) was KISS - or Keep it Simple Stupid.

    Some of the most effective lessons and activities I've done have been the simplest. So, for a sample lesson, you're better off coming up with something that the kids will understand how to participate in.

    Pronunciation is really important, so a sample activity could just involve the kids parroting you - you could even make them repeat tongue twisters if you want it to be interesting. Even things like giving kids a sheet with a bunch of questions on them and getting them to interview other students works well.
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    I teach mostly from the textbook but make up activities to substitute for the parts of the book which are crap. I also make interesting lesson plans from time to time. But I only teach oral communication classes, so the all activities I make up are pretty much targeted at getting the kids to TALK.
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    I don't agree with his teaching methods and I've never met him, his living in Ishikawa and all, but I reckon that Tim would be a really good sort of bloke that you could go to pub with.
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    I'm not present for reading, writing or grammar classes, only the OC ones.

    The JTEs expect me to follow the same teaching methods that my predecessors have used. So basically, I have to use the set text book, whether I like it or not. That means both my ichi-nen and ni-nen classes are focused on learning a key dialogues and then doing activities related to that (san-nen, I can teach whatever I like though). The only flexibility I have is in teaching new words, pronouncing the words and making activities to consolidate what they've learnt.

    Considering it's an OC class, I try and make the students communicate with each other as much as possible. Apart from pronunciation practice, I try to lay off the rote learning and get them to talk instead. Given the circumstances, I don't think I'm doing anything wrong. How would you do things instead?

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    Careful, Timoshi, you could be lined up for surprise sex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sciby
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    I don't fuck just anyone, Sciby.

    Having said which if I ever find you in my Japan except to find yourself handcuffed to a bed head.
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