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Q: Ideas for English Corner

Hello All,
I will soon host an English Corner once a week for a class of 10-30 begginer-Int adult students. I am searching for some new topics for the class. Looking for something outside the normal English Corner Topics. Any ideas????

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What is one thing you would ask a foreigner?

Would you date your teacher?

How would you describe Chinese humor?

Are Chinese people getting fatter?

What's the coolest Chinese historical event you know of?

What should your new years resolution be?

etc...

 

Basically, all the questions that get asked on here by people who don't offer any opinion themselves, you could recycle.

 

That's what I think they're doing, trying to generate conversation here, English Corner style.

 

Some seem to work, some don't.

 

 

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"How to properly dispose of a body"

 

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If you have no ideas, then you shouldn't attempt to teach. Full stop. Period.

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What is one thing you would ask a foreigner?

Would you date your teacher?

How would you describe Chinese humor?

Are Chinese people getting fatter?

What's the coolest Chinese historical event you know of?

What should your new years resolution be?

etc...

 

Basically, all the questions that get asked on here by people who don't offer any opinion themselves, you could recycle.

 

That's what I think they're doing, trying to generate conversation here, English Corner style.

 

Some seem to work, some don't.

 

 

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Here's an idea, don't do it.

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Think of your own ideas for English corner. How's that for a radical idea?

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I witnessed the biggest training mill in this city hosting a cocktail tasting english corner for high school kids in the shopping mall outside the mill.

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I think Viki has some good topics, but she may charge a consultation fee.

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the bbc has some adult learning english stories, they have about 5 paragraphs and list about 3 to 7 new vocabulary words at the bottom, they usually involve current events around the world, print them out, have the group read it together, split the groups to read to each other, go over opinions about the content and vocabulary with them after group work. i honestly dont remember the exact website but any search engine should find it. its been 4 years since i did an english corner, all else fails use www.breakingnewsenglish.com for some short stories, they have fashion and music, the news is usually a waste of time. china is the center of the world so news outside china they dont even understand the concept.i remember trying to teach a class how to write an essay about juvenile crime, since schools are prisons or gaokao factories here, you dont get to leave school early to do juvenile crime, so they dont even understand the concept, sorry if cambridge puts it on the test, you still have to write about, not my problem.

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Vow! Except of ambivalentmace everybody just tries to be smart Aleck ...

How do you know OP has no idea on his own?

Have you ever heard the word 'consultation'?

Professionals frequently do that ...

Apparently most of you do not know - hinting something about the eventual professional level ...

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Beginner to Int level? Topics will be irrelevant. No-one will be talking except you - other than the standard 6 questions that will be asked over and over and over...

 

(here's a topic that just came to mind for some really silly reason - why TF has one of my neighbours now got a frikken rooster living in their glassed-off balcony area??? (yeah - I live in an apartment complex). going along with this - waht sort of moron would buy a large-ish sized dog to live with them in said apartment complex...? )

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Put the students into groups of 4 or 5.Then ask them,to think of a new holiday or festival,each having their own idea.Then get them, to pick what they think is the best idea from their group.Last they work together thinking about ideas for that holiday/festival.It can be Science,Art,Food,Culture.When would the festival be,what would people do during the festival,etc.

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Search for the one or two who can speak English and make them your go-to guys.  Get them to encourage the others to have a try at speaking.  Topics are easy, getting people to open their mouths to speak is nigh on impossible.

What's the venue?  If it's a pub, you're in luck.  If not, give everyone an early mark and head to the pub.  Those that follow will help you justify yourself.

Mostly, good luck.

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I find that most students enjoy watching movies, listening to music or reading books. I notify them of the topic ahead of time.

"Who's your favorite actor/actress?" or "Who's your favorite singer?" or "Who's your favorite author?"  They should then prepare a little bit of background info on this one person; such as hometown, zodiac sign, married, children, hobbies. As the final prep, they can learn the title (in English) of their favorite movie, song, or book by this favorite person of theirs. I usually ask them to sing a few bars of their favorite song and most are very happy to do so.

 

Use zodiac signs for students to practice new vocab about their personality traits. Again, advance notification of topic. What are the personality traits (adjectives) of your sign? Which ones really describe you and which ones don't? (On the web there are some great zodiac cards/templates with dates, pictures/symbols, and traits.) My students have enjoyed this at English Corner. They enjoyed it even more in class. They should meet with others in groups of 3-4 and discuss their signs/traits. After about 9 minutes, they should all change and make a different group of 3-4.

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I just did one on Weddings in America that we very successful 

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This website has lots of ideas for English Corner.  It also has premade PPT lessons and other activities for classes-especially for oral English for high school and college students.

http://englishlessonsforchinese.com/

 

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