I am teaching a Junior 2 class of 13 and 14 year olds. The focus is on oral English, and, along with other teachers, we decide on the topics to teach, I guess so there is some commonality between different classes.
Class sizes in China are usually about 50 students, if not more. In many of ours, I think they are going to be split so we are only teaching a more manageable 25 students. This makes group activities – which are going to be an important part of oral English classes – easier to do, though it is still a large group, and there are still challenges to this, especially when doing the pronunciation part of MFP (meaning, form and pron.) of vocab. Drilling students on pron chorally is easier than doing them individually.
Trying to think up different activities for a 40 minute lesson, with a lead in, controlled speaking practice and freer speaking practice on a particular topic can be a challenge, even if we’ve decided on the topic.
I am teaching five Junior 2 classes a week, each for 40 minutes. I am also teaching 8 Senior 1 classes (15 to 16 year olds), and two EDP (Early Development Programme) 9, which is equivalent to Senior 1 level, for students who are advanced at their level (they will be younger, maybe 14-15, but more advanced than their peers).
The Senior 1 and EDP lessons are on Pronunciation in the first semester and debate and discussion in the second semester.
In addition, I did have to teach an elective module of about 10 lessons, each 80 minutes long. I thought I would do a module on British culture. Possible lessons could be on film, television, history, sport, literature etc. However, as I am arriving late in China, I have missed the window for teaching an elective in the first semester. I’m not sure whether I will have to do it in the second semester or not.