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)

Category Lesson

  • Culture

Making mashed potatoes - Liz

American money - Seth

  • Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day - Abbey

 Christmas: Letters to Santa - Liz

 Decorating cookies & Christmas tree wishes - Dorothy

  • Projects

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

  • Miscellaneous

Skype Lesson Alex

About Me Haley

  • Phonics

Sticky Ball - Michael

Word Tennis

Paper Folding - Linnea

1,2,3, Turn

UNO - Debbie