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  • Skype English Classes for Schools: Ching Man Chan

    Skype English Classes For Schools

    Moving from Shenzhen, China, a bustling, industrial city of 7 million people to the quaint countryside of Helena, Montana, has been an adjustment in many ways for 16-year-old Ching. “He’s a bright, respectful, and motivated student,” says Ann, his online English teacher. Ann taught Ching daily English classes through LOI English from April to June. In that time, “quite simply, it seems that Ching learned more English in two months with Ann than the prior 11 months he was in the US” says Therese, Ching’s supervising teacher at Helena High School.

    How were the Skype English Classes For schools?

    The topics of these daily online English lessons were aligned with Ching’s grade level and subjects he saw during his regular academic classes. The goal was to ease Ching into participating in regular classroom discussions. It was Ann’s role to be a facilitator, mentor, motivator, collaborator, and language partner, with whom Ching could practice the language he’d already been exposed to and acquire new grammar, vocabulary, and confidence.

    The lessons always began with general conversation. “This is probably the most important part of the lesson. Through conversation, Ching began to learn relevant vocabulary, gain a better understanding of what was going on at school, and most importantly, gain confidence” Ann says. It was obvious he was motivated, but just needed more comprehension of vocabulary.  For example, he really wanted to improve his basketball skills, but said he didn’t understand things sometimes at practice. So, they would spend this portion of the lesson discussing basketball vocabulary, rules, and plays. “This is where having the internet at our fingertips really helped. Once, the conversation led to Ching saying he didn’t know the position names. So, we watched a short video demonstration of the positions. By the end of the conversation, Ching was talking about which position he might be able to play, describing his strengths and weaknesses and his plan to improve.” Other times, Ching would bring questions about his assignments or things people had said to him. They would discuss what questions his assignments were asking and work through vocabulary until Ching was prepared to do his homework independently. “Once, the conversation even lead to us googling types of cafeteria food. Another time, we googled and discussed the right man bun styles for Ching! These topics were all relevant to Ching’s life, so he could apply what he’d learned each day.”

    How Did Skype English Classes For Schools Integrate Subjects?

    Each lesson involved reading, listening, and a grammar focus. As they worked through the material together, Ching often asked questions, and they could build his understanding by finding using the internet to find supporting information, pictures of vocabulary, or videos to support Ching’s comprehension. “The one-on-one lessons, plus having the internet readily available made Ching’s comprehension much stronger” says Ann.

    Skype English Classes For Schools Results?

    When Ching began, his official English level was pre-intermediate, which means he could speak simple conversational English with some hesitancy. He used simple and compound sentences, and didn’t understand questions at times. He had difficulty recalling advanced vocabulary words. His response to questions was often, “I don’t know, maybe.” By the time his final exam came around, he was able to speak for 3-5 minutes on his own about his opinions and make comparisons. He had much better listening comprehension, and he began to use correct grammar tenses in speaking—which is especially hard for Chinese students, because the Chinese language doesn’t have any verb conjugations! He still has work to do, but he is well on his way to improving not only his grades and English skills, but becoming a part of his community, adapting to his new life in Helena, and maybe even growing a man bun.