Because this type of stuff is really expensive… oh … the DVDs are only 35 bucks. For the set, not each. Not bad.[/quote]
I got the 5 DVDs + TPRS in a Year + PQA in a Wink! = US$116/NT$3600
You can get 5 DVDs + TPRS in a Year as a package deal for US$50.
[quote=“TaiwanVisitor12321”]I really question whether it will be useful in a classroom full of shy/lazy (or lazy AND shy) adults in Taiwan that won’t answer any questions though. People here seem really confused when I tell them to stop studying grammar and to start listening and talking in class. Explaining acquisition to them just gets a “I don’t have that much time!” (even though they’ve been studying English for 20 years and they’ve been going nowhere fast the whole time).
They’d probably get mad at me and tell me my questions were too simple, or walk out of the room mid-class. I can’t see them even answering “yes” or “no” as a class to a circling question. I’m also not sure how to work it in around the material I’m required to use for each class. I also have a revolving door of students… it’s different every day sometimes, so I think I’d have to explain what I was doing on a daily basis and we’d never get anywhere. There might be a newcomer in each and every class.[/quote]
I use it with adults and kids (I teach at two schools). The kids are easier in some ways, and the adults in other ways.
With the adults I do the following:
- I have set words, like question words they should know etc that I have the English and Chinese posters for.
- The new vocab in each lesson I do in the beginning by writing them on the board and then I have each student come up and write the Chinese word for one on the board.
- Then I get on with it and “teach the grammar” by circling etc, using some or all of the vocab in the lesson.
I’m still new at this, but I find I can use the method and get through all the work. When we have section where students must question each other etc etc, I make it a class activity and I ask them, have them answer me and repeat the correct answer back and re-ask (circle etc) the class. I’ve tried making stories, but either I’m not good enough yet, or the kids are just easier to do that with.
Edit: Oh, when a word or pattern comes up that’s new, I write the English and Chinese on the board. If I can’t write the Chinese (too long, unfamiliar character or whatever), I ask a “star” student to help me write the Chinese.