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In today’s lesson we started off with a quick revision of the long vowel sounds covered at the end of the last lesson because H said he hadn’t listened to them at all. He remembered almost all of them, but struggles with the /3:/ sound in bird.
I then used Cuisenaire rods to elicit the forms that we did last time. This was the result for ‘I’ (without the words!):
I then held up the ‘I’ white rod and said ‘you’ and we repeated the pattern, then did the same for he/she/it. He needed to use his piece of paper to remember the forms the first time round, so we ended up doing it twice: once with the paper, once without.
Before the lesson I had laid out a set of pictures cut from magazines:
I pointed at people/things in the pictures and asked a set of simple questions, along the lines of:
Is he a teacher?
Is it a dog?
designed to elicit Yes/No short answers, referring to the Cuisenaire rods if necessary. We then switched roles so that H was asking the questions. He started to experiment more with the language, adding a few colours, this/that and my/your. I haven’t done colours with him, so I checked quickly and he knows most of the basic ones except for brown, purple and grey.
I decided to build on the possessive pronouns my/your for the rest of the lesson. He wrote another table similar to last week’s one:
I know the sentence ‘It is its cup’ is a little odd, but he was happy with the pattern, so I don’t think it matters too much.
I made a quick list of all of the things we’ve covered, plus some of the extra language he brought up in the picture activity above. It looks like this at the moment:
Knows: red, blue, black, white, green, yellow, orange, pink
Added 19/6: purple, gray, brown
Teacher, student, fireman/firewoman, actor/actress, shop assistant, singer, sportsman/sportswoman, secretary
Pronunciation 19/6: hairdresser, waiter, journalist, nurse
Added 19/6: policeman/policewoman
cup, table, chair, armchair
dog, cat, mouse
bike, car, train
I am, You are, He/She/It is (+ – ? yes no)
my, your, his, her, its
I’ll try to keep the list up-to-date. H was very motivated to see all of the things we’ve managed to cover so far.
His homework is to listen to recordings of the three colours he had trouble with (he asked for them with Czech too), the jobs he had trouble pronouncing and the sentences from his grid for my/your/etc.
This could be our last face-to-face lesson as I’m leaving Brno a week today. We’re planning to try out teaching via Skype, so watch this space!