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Teaching EFL in a Kindgarten My article is based on personal
My article is based on personal experiences as I teach a French Kindergarten class on a voluntary basis.One September afternoon my sonsâ€™ new teacher asked if I would be interested in teaching English to her Kindergarten class.Standing in front of the class for the first time I realized how dreadful it could be. I didnâ€™t have any real experience, only teaching my children at home. Armed with a few songs, an alphabet chart, and a mini lesson plan, I found myself defenseless in front of a class whose concentration span was short. They just wanted to play. It didnâ€™t help that their teacher was there and kept telling them to be quiet in French.I finally managed to speak to all the children and ask them their names. It was difficult and I had to revert to asking questions in French, then English.At the end of the lesson, I was exhausted. I left feeling that I never wanted to do it again, but I picked myself up and made some positive decisions.Before the next class I met with the teacher and explained that I needed to have complete control of the class and maybe she joined at the end. I also asked the teacher to explain each childâ€™s level of English and what the class had been working on previously.This was a good starting point and helped me to plan for my next lesson. When I arrived the students were shocked when their teacher left and they were alone with me. I felt confident as I had a prepared and begun the class.I started with â€˜Hello my name is Michelleâ€™ and drew a stick picture of myself on the board. I then asked each child itâ€™s name. Some of the children just said their name, while others tried to say â€˜my name is â€¦â€¦.â€™ I could see that boredom was starting to set in and all they wanted to do was play. (Play as I have now found out is the center of everything for a child and it is the most rewarding way of teaching them).I told them all how good they were and asked if they would like to sing a song. They thought this was great and some of them started singing twinkle twinkle. I had previously researched Christmas songs in French and English to find ones that had the same tune, but did not necessarily translate word for word.As a class we decided on Jingle Bells (Vive le Vent in French), which they absolutely loved. Week 1 I had managed to hold the concentration of the class, have them answer my question and start singing a song. Week 2 The children told me their names and sang a songWeek 3 I started the class with Hello children and they replied Hello MichelleI asked a few children what their names were and then I asked my son what day it was. He replied Wednesday, Mecredi which they all picked up on. They all started talking at once. I asked them to be quiet, putting my finger over my mouth. I repeated the question and told them that today was Wednesday and pointed to their class calendar.I had devised a song to help my own children remember. Itâ€™s great fun, lots of chanting, hand clapping and noisy. Each week I revised what we had previously done and ended each lesson singing a song or reading a story.I was building up on basic language â€“ all through play and song. I read stories that the children were familiar with eg. Little Red Riding Hood and asked them questions. What colour is her coat' Where is the wolf'I can only do so much once a week, but I have noticed that the children are now confident to speak English outside the classroom and are taking a interest in English films/cartoons and books.The one thing that I have learnt is that children make teaching fun and they want it to be fun too.