How Do I Teach This?
Ideas for the classroom
Long and Short Vowels:
Problem: At the beginning of Level 3, students can usually read regular short three letter words. For example: map, pet, tip, bop, put. These are all short vowel sounds. Eventually, students begin to learn the long vowel sounds, such as: rake, Pete, bite, tote, tube. VIPKid has a long sentence to explain to students that when “e” is at the end of the word, the “vowel says its name”. Most students look clueless if you read this to them. Come on, they barely know what a “vowel” is.
Solution: I circle the “e” at the end of the word, draw an arrow to the middle vowel, and say: “I see ‘e’ so ‘a’ sounds like ‘ay’!” Don’t forget to do your TPR for sounds like! I brush my ear with my hand.
Simple and Continuous/Progressive Present Tense:
You’re probably thinking “oh god, what is this?” It’s simple.
- simple present tense
- I run.
- He runs everyday.
- They eat lots of food.
- I go to school 5 days a week.
- present continuous/progressive tense
- I am running.
- She is running now.
- They are eating at 8 o’clock. (technically this is a future tense).
Problem: Students don’t get this at all!
Solution: Ensure that students in L2 and L3 are learning the words “Today”, “Everyday”, and “Yesterday”. Teach students the word “now” by asking them what time it is. “What time is it now?” and point to your fake wrist watch. Students will often look around for a clock and you’ll know that they understood. I know what time it is in China when I teach, so I simply type in “Now it is 8:32pm”. Students get that. When you find a slide with the days of the week, ensure that they know how to answer “What day is it today?” and show them what “everyday” means by checking off everyday of the week.