Next week is my last week of classes for this semester! I did some student evaluations today, and will do more next week. ESL nerd stuff to follow, if you're not interested, stop reading now! I taught some fun lessons this semester and I always try to include some sort of communicative activity at the end. So here's an overview of some of the lessons I taught.
Sept: Chien-Ming Wang (Taiwanese baseball player) - Read and re-order his story in groups
Musical styles - playing a cd with 6 music styles, having students identify them and discuss the characteristics of each.
Oct (I actually did teach a lesson that month!): Korean food, showed pics from my trip to Korea and had students talk about which food they wanted to try, as well as make a list of foods that have different colors and flavors (sweet, salty, spicy, sour, bitter)
November: Random Acts of Kindness - role-plays of stories we read
December: Winter movies - showed a bunch of movie trailers in class and had students write mock movie reviews (they hadn't seen the movies yet)
Symbols of Christmas - guessing, drawing competition on the board
January: Chocolate: the smart treat - Gave half the students chocolate and then did a memory test (don't worry, I gave the rest chocolate after the test!)
Question: I found out in my last class today that the chocolate lesson (which my students LOVED) is not actually part of the material they will be tested on in two weeks (it's in the second half of January's magazine). Should I teach it anyways or plan one that will help them prepare for their exam? It would save me buying chocolate for 200 students! But, sigh, it's a GREAT lesson.