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Lessons = Presentations


Ever been to a presentation and were bored to tears? Perhaps it wasn't a very good presentation, or perhaps the content just wasn't your cup of tea. Think of your lessons as a good presentation rather than a lecture/speech. The difference? A good presentation is a guided, interactive way to communicate ideas, whereas a lecture/speech is from one person to others. 

Make your 'lessons' into 'presentations':

-Clear and genki voice, reaching out to everyone in the class.

-Visual aids. No presentation is complete without them. Photos, flashcards, and realia are all great. However, the most underappreciated visual aid of all is the blackboard. Use it well.

-Your hands and body language can give either a positive or a negative vibe to the audience. It is said that communication is 30% vocal and 70% body language. In addition, make sure you know what your hands are doing because when we get nervous, we never really think about them!

-Moving around the class not only makes you feel closer to the audience, but also helps take away nervousness, if you feel that way. It can also deter chit-chat amongst students.

-Face the audience as much as possible, even when writing on the board. Speaking with your back to the audience makes it difficult for them to hear you, and is quite rude. Reading lip/mouth movement is also important for ESL learners.

-Umm, err, like, you know..., as with hand movements, most people aren't aware of what they say when nervous. Train yourself to be aware of what you say to give a smoother presentation.

-Use the appropriate language. If in doubt, walk into the class and assume that the students have no knowledge of what you are presenting.

-Involve and engage. Enough said!

Each and every class will be different. Even a successful class could be a disaster after summer break, or whatever happens to teenage hormones every other day. Read the atmosphere, and judge how to manage the class for that period, for each and every class. Good luck.

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