One of our first week lesson plans is how to escape, I mean, how to leave the classroom. I do this lesson for these reasons:
* New students get to see the faces and names of people they may need to visit.
* They can do it in the target language.
* It teaches them an important classroom procedure.
Every time a student wants to leave, they have to answer my four questions in the target language. And sometimes I mix up the order. I also vary how they have to answer. Level one can use words, level two uses short sentences, level 3 uses more formal sentences, etc. Now I’m not going to lie, this takes patience as they are learning how to do it. However I think it is worth it in the end.
1. What’s your name?
2. What’s the date? (it is written on the board)
3. What time is it? (there is a sign to help them next to the clock)
4. Where are you going?
After we go through the places, I give them stack of copied passes. They role play before they prove to me they can do it.
Maybe I’ll add a scavenger hunt next time. Hmm…
How do you teach procedures in the target language?