Handout 5 of 5 – English Workshop for Vietnamese Teachers



English Workshop for Vietnamese Teachers ~ March 27, 2018 (Meeting 2 of 2)

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Important information about this workshop –

  • This is an interactive workshop. Ask questions or comment anytime. Please share what you think.
  • Share your knowledge. If you have an idea about teaching, studying or speaking English, please don’t hesitate to share it.
  • Making mistakes is ok. It’s better to make one now instead of in the classroom. Learning from your mistakes is helpful.
  • Your thoughts about this workshop are important and helps it improve. Please rate the workshop from 1 to 10.

Agenda –

  • 8:30-8:45 – Warmup game.
  • 8:45-9:20 – Lisha and Sean will present successful exercises from their lessons.
  • 9:20-9:30 – 10 minute break.
  • 9:30-10:00 – Discussion topic: Teaching Tips – Each teacher will share their teaching tip.
  • 10:00-10:30 – Discussion topic: Speaking Games – Each teacher will describe their speaking game.


❖ Warmup Game ❖

The Candy Confessions – Everyone will divide into teams of 5. Each participant takes a piece of candy. Depending on the color they choose, they would have to reveal one detail about themselves.

Green = favorite memory | Yellow = your dream job | Orange = wild card (anything interesting about yourself)

❖ Successful Exercises ❖

~ Sean’s Exercises ~

Listening exercise for older students – Find a short video that’s appropriate for your student’s skill level. Print several sentences which are said in the video. Each sentence must have a word that isn’t in the video. The students must watch the video, cross out the incorrect word and write the correct word. For example, “The men like to play football in the park. at the beach”.

Speaking exercises for younger students – Each of these are designed to get your students speaking and using the vocabulary and grammar that you have taught them. Before the exercise, you should write some words (or grammar structures) on the board they can use. Students can work in groups and prepare what they’re going to say by writing first. Each student speaks and the other students have to listen for mistakes. If a student can find and correct a mistake, write their name on the board with a star.

  • My dream house – Students should describe their perfect house in detail. They could make it silly. For example, “My dream house has a swimming pool filled with chocolate.” Get them to use their imagnation.
  • If I were king/queen – Students pretend they are the rulers of an imaginary land. They have to think of laws and what happens if that law is broken.
  • New school rules – Students are put in charge of their school and everyone must follow their rules. This will help them practice “we have to…” and “we don’t have to…”.

~ Lisha’s Exercises ~

Sentence construction exercise for younger students (written) – Write down a simple sentence on the board and have students identify the subject, verb, how / what / where. Practice the sentence then have students make up their own sentences using the same structure.

Exercise for older students (verbal) – I call this exercise “fortunately/unfortunately”. Have students look at a picture or think of a situation that have both positive and negative elements, then make up sentences with the words “fortunately and unfortunately”. Eg.: Unfortunately I could not take the test because I was sick, however fortunately now I have more time to study and I can take the test next month.

❖ Teaching Tips ❖

~ Sean’s Teaching Tips ~

1. Use it or lose it – Encourage students to use the language they’re learning. For example, they should use the new greetings and farewells that you teach them. Instead of “Hello teacher”, they should say “Good morning Ms. Linh”. Instead of “Bye teacher”, they should say “See you later Ms. Linh”.

2. Learning is a triangle – Each side of the triangle represents the parent, the student and the teacher. Everyone needs to put forth effort to create a successful student. Ask parents to check homework, talk to their children about their day at school, get their children excited about English (use English books, TV shows and movies that they’re interested in) and get the family to speak in English with each other.

3. Get students to ask questions – Create a comfortable and relaxed classroom environment where students aren’t afraid to ask questions.

~ Lisha’s Teaching Tips ~

1. Classroom Rules – It is important to have at least 4-5 classroom rules as it enables teachers to have better classroom management.

2. Punishment for breaking the rules – Students must know that they have to face certain consequences for breaking the rules.

3. Word of the day – Assign a word of the day at the beginning of the lesson. The word should be relevant to the specific lesson that you’re teaching. Encourage students to find the definition and use the word in a sentence. This will help to expand their vocabulary.

❖ Speaking Games ❖

~ Sean’s Games ~

1. Beep – Students say a sentence with a word missing and for the word missing they say beep. The other students need to guess what the word is. If they can’t guess the word in about 30s the team that made the sentence gets 2 points. If the other team guessed correctly they will get 1 point and then make a sentence for the other team.

2. Alphabet Soup – Divide the class into as many teams as you desire, or have the class play as individuals. Write Team A, Team B, etc. or the students’ names on the board. Then instruct the students that they will be asked to say a sentence using words beginning with a letter that you select. Each team or individual gets one point for each word used beginning with that letter in the sentence. Students must raise their hands before speaking. Write any letter on the board and then choose the first student to raise his or her hand. They must say a grammatically correct sentence or no points. The teacher should correct pronunciation, but give them the points earned for the words. Then write another letter, chosen randomly, and continue as above. Be sure to ignore students who shout out sentences without raising their hand and being chosen by you. If you don’t ignore them, it turns into a shouting match. Keep up with the points and at the end of the game, tally the points and declare the winning team or individual.

3. Memory Game – Go around the class: the first person completes the statement “My name is …and I like ….” (Or “…and I’ve always wanted to…” or whatever seems appropriate for their level). The next person says this (“Her name is …and she likes….”) and then adds their own name and something they like, and so on, each person saying what everyone else has said, before adding something new.

~ Lisha’s Games ~

  1. Word Connection (works well with older students with a bigger vocabulary)

Directions & Rules: Have students stand in a circle. One student calls out a word of his/her choice. The next student must say a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. Eg. “hunter” > “rain” > “night” > “teach” etc.

     2. Stand Up Sit Down (works with all ages)

Directions & Rules: Have students look at a picture or item in the classroom. Teacher makes a statement that is either true or false. If the the statement is true, students stand up and if it’s false, students sit down. Students who get it wrong are eliminated from the game. After demonstrating the game to the class, have students take turns making true or false sentences. Play the game until you have 1 winner.

     3. Quizzical Chairs (works well with all ages and smaller groups of students)

Directions & Rules: Split students into groups (if necessary). Arrange 5-6 chairs in a circular shape facing outwards. If there are 5 chairs, there should be 6 students and so forth. Have students walk around the chairs as you play a song, after a few seconds stop the song indicating students to sit down. The student without a chair must answer a question relevant to the lesson. If the answer is correct, the student can continue playing and if it is wrong the student is eliminated from the game and one chair will be removed.


❖ Websites about English – youglish.com   rachelsenglish.com   fluentu.com   soundsofenglish.org   elsaspeak.com

❖ Continue the conversation – Please join the Facebook group to talk with other Vietnamese teachers of English. facebook.com/groups/vietnameseteachersofenglish

Sean Laurence   096 125 6761

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Email: laurence.sean@gmail.com

Lisha Jadoo   012 520 85217

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Email: lishajadoo@yahoo.com