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Re: Class Demos

Postby jimipresley » 28 Jul 2010, 22:48

You just don't understand Taiwan culture.
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Re: Class Demos

Postby Abacus » 29 Jul 2010, 00:57

Whole Lotta Lotta wrote:
don't know how long the average demo is, because I've never done one, but my school (ThreadKiller's alma mater) requires a two-hour demo with two different classes. Oh, god, the suffering I've witnessed from aspirants and students alike!

A two hour demo? Why should the students be giving up one of their paid classes for a teacher that hasn't proven themselves yet? :loco:


If it's a two hour demo then I expect to be paid as a sub.

I pretty much bombed my demo and a couple of months later I watched a teacher do even worse in his demo. He was much more creative with his demo but didn't stick with the KISS method.

If I had to do a demo I guess I would do the first part of my lesson. Review the previous vocab, intro new vocab and then play a game. The game I've been playing regularly is a pass the paper game. The students move the desks into 2-3 rows of 4-5 students. The first student has the paper and writes the first letter of the vocab word when I say it. And they keep passing the paper until the whole word is written. And then I have then all move chairs and do the next word. The kids have really been enjoying this and it keeps them all involved and focused since their turn is coming soon.

But it really is the simple things that make students enjoy a class/demo. For example, ask for team names. Usually the kids will be quiet so start make suggestions like Monkeys or Bananas and all the students will yell nononononononononono. And then make them the nonononononononononono team. Everyone will be laughing and the next team will be saying yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes. Write in big letters, small letters, funny letters, curvy letters and they'll have fun. It really doesn't take that much time and you'll get the students attention for when you start teaching.
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Re: Class Demos

Postby bismarck » 29 Jul 2010, 06:27

Yeah, I never know what to do with these bloody things either. Personally, I don't think they're very helpful. Plus, if you don't have an APRC or JFRV with an open work permit, they're technically illegal. Not that that will ever stop a buxiban laoban!
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Re: Class Demos

Postby funkymonkey » 29 Jul 2010, 12:00

Shearersheed wrote:Two most important rules for a demo:
1. KISS: keep it simple stupid. The easier for the kids, the better.
2. Be confident, assertive, loud, and friendly. Don’t forget to smile, and you will do fine!


3. Don't do one in front of children because you can be deported if caught. :no-no:
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Re: Class Demos

Postby fenlander » 29 Jul 2010, 15:34

tomthorne wrote:You make happy. Sing song. OK?


you want me wear funny hat too? :bow:
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Re: Class Demos

Postby tomthorne » 29 Jul 2010, 15:57

fenlander wrote:
tomthorne wrote:You make happy. Sing song. OK?


you want me wear funny hat too? :bow:


Yes. And make like monkey.
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Re: Class Demos

Postby emerihsoetihw » 29 Jul 2010, 20:36

To be a buxiban teacher, all your demo needs to be, is fun!
Act like a clown, make the students laugh, keep them happy, and the buxiban boss will love you.
Easy as 1,2,3.
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Re: Class Demos

Postby Whole Lotta Lotta » 29 Jul 2010, 21:41

funkymonkey wrote:
Shearersheed wrote:Two most important rules for a demo:
1. KISS: keep it simple stupid. The easier for the kids, the better.
2. Be confident, assertive, loud, and friendly. Don’t forget to smile, and you will do fine!


3. Don't do one in front of children because you can be deported if caught. :no-no:

I was waiting for somebody to bring this up. Techincally, these things are illegal. Doesn't matter to the Buxiban owners though. They will want to see one to evaluate your teaching. The chances of police showing up during the fifteen minutes you are doing a demo at that particular school are pretty small. If you get caught, you are one unlucky S.O.B. I don't want to be standing next to you in a thunderstorm. :pray:
Some schools will allow you to do a demo in front of the managers of the school and maybe some of its Chinese teachers. This is a safer option. If they let you do this and you get the job, take it. It is a sign of concern for your welfare.
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Re: Class Demos

Postby fenlander » 30 Jul 2010, 14:01

tomthorne wrote:
fenlander wrote:
tomthorne wrote:You make happy. Sing song. OK?


you want me wear funny hat too? :bow:


Yes. And make like monkey.


I do good moneky actions and can do lion roar too. you want me teach? one hour 800 ? Too mnay money? Can do cheap too but no monkey for cheap
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Re: Class Demos

Postby Funk500 » 30 Jul 2010, 14:03

fenlander wrote:
tomthorne wrote:
fenlander wrote:
tomthorne wrote:You make happy. Sing song. OK?


you want me wear funny hat too? :bow:


Yes. And make like monkey.


I do good moneky actions and can do lion roar too. you want me teach? one hour 800 ? Too mnay money? Can do cheap too but no monkey for cheap


you tomorrow wear the monkey too!
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