A Coteacher's Guide to the Universe
by 2013-14 ETA
Teaching in a Taiwanese elementary school classroom can be daunting at first, especially if you
have no prior teaching experience. It can be difficult to get a clear image of what goes on inside
the English classroom without actually being there. What does a lesson plan actually look like
when put into motion? What kinds of materials do I need to prepare for a successful class?
Fortunately, there are infinite resources available online as a guide: lesson topics, printable
worksheets, and fun activities. What you may not have enough of, though, is time.
This project is a collection of our favorite lesson plans and classroom activities that we have
tried and tested during our Fulbright year. We put this booklet together as a practical, handson
resource for future Kaohsiung ETA’s and LET’s. This contains the lesson plans and hard copies
of materials for activities that we found most effective during our time in Taiwan, and that will be
adaptable to different grade levels, topics, and other specific needs. We hope that our words of
advice and our classroom activities will be useful to you during your year in Kaohsiung. Happy
Tips for LETs and ETAs (from everyone)
1. For your students, break down your English into the most simple, basic building blocks.
Sentence fragments can be OK at first.
2. Dear LET’s, please be sensitive when you comment on ETA’s ethnicity, weight, eating habits,
religion or political views
3. Teachers hold a high position in Taiwanese society. Please be careful of what you do in front
of your students and/or your students’ parents. For example, do not walk and eat at the same
4. Don’t be afraid to be disliked, and don’t be afraid to fail. You will win some battles in the
classroom and you will lose some battles.
5. Be mindful of your cultural awareness and mindset. You may have biases and archetypes
that you unconsciously harbor that affect how you interact with people from outside your culture.
6. Keep an open mind. Everybody is doing something for a reason that they think is right.
7. There will be struggles and challenges throughout the year. Treat each one as a learning
8. Constantly ask your students questions. It is an effective way to keep them paying attention.
Name of lesson/project/activity (author’s name)
Making mashed potatoes - Liz
American money - Seth
St. Patrick’s Day - Abbey
Christmas: Letters to Santa - Liz
Decorating cookies & Christmas tree wishes - Dorothy
Fall Postcards - Kevin
Culture Introduction - Alex
- Vocabulary&Sentence Pattern Activities
Daily English - Michael
Flipbooks - Linnea
Flashcard Games - Liz
Activity Interviews with classmates & teacher Dorothy
Candy Land! Seth
Word search worksheets Dorothy
Class surveys Haley
Go Fish Debbie
Skype Lesson Alex
About Me Haley
Sticky Ball - Michael
Paper Folding - Linnea
UNO - Debbie