In today's post I will help those young or inexperienced teachers with designing their own demo. Demo classes can be challenging and daunting but they don't have to be. Just follow the advice in this article and you will be well on your way to becoming the demo king.
What is a demo class?
A demo class is exactly what it says on the tin, a demonstration of a class.
It could be during an interview for a position you are seeking or a regular class at your school to sell course places. Either way it is extremely important to get it right the first time as clients rarely come back or give you a chance at a second interview.
Not to worry since you are reading this article then you are already taking the right steps towards success in the classroom.
Make it interesting!
A good demo class needs to be interesting. Remember, the students or school will see other teachers why should they pick you?
If you are teaching 5 year old's then make it funny, act up and play with the students.
If they are older make jokes, encourage them, smile and have a good time.
Definitely don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself. An interesting class that engages, excites and leaves the students wanting more is likely to get you more sales and successful employment opportunities.
I have seen grammar as the subject of a demo class before....
Give them what they want!
It's important to know what the students or school expects from you. If they specifically say they want a 30-minute demo class and you do 10 minutes you are probably not going to get the job. On the other hand, if you have students come to your class for a free demo and you teach for 1 hour they probably will not sign up.
Think about why they are coming to you?
...errr to learn English?
The students should not only enjoy your class but learn something as well. It's no good lecturing and telling jokes for the whole class if the students don't get to speak they won't comeback.
Your lesson should be student centered and therefore they should be speaking for MOST of the time. This is a hard thing to learn for new teachers but sometimes the less you can do while getting the most out of the students is the best way for them to learn. Achieving this balance in a demo class will leave your students feeling amazed at how much they spoke in your class and ready to sign up for the next one.
As you can see satisfying the students is a balancing act but there are essentially three things you need to get across in your class.
These are as follows
1 - You are a good teacher
2 - The students will learn in your class
3 - The students will like your class/enjoy themselves
If you can get these three things across in 25-30 minutes you are on to a winner and are looking at a good demo class.
An example of a good demo class would be -
1. Greeting - Pass the ball
2. Warm up - Actions game
3. Input - focus language
4. Output-Game 1 (using focus language)
5. Output -Game 2 (using focus language)
This plan is extremely basic but trust me it works.
It can be adjusted to different age and ability groups just supplement the games with more appropriate activities for adult learners. (The ball still works for adults too :P)
Remember, a good demo should be enjoyable, short and to the point, get the students talking and allow yourself to connect with the class.
OK, that's it! Seems simple I know, but follow the advice in this article and you will soon be knocking your demo classes out the park.
Good luck and happy teaching
As for now
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