First lesson standard at Skyeng
1. What we do before the lesson
1.1 We know the student’s aims and goals and know what will help us lead the student to their goals. We help our students achieve what they want on time.
1.2 We check the student’s Journal and the content of completed lessons if the student has already had lessons at Skyeng to understand which issues the student might have faced during the learning process.
1.3 We contact the student beforehand and send them a greeting message via Vimbot. If the student doesn’t answer, we try to contact them via another messenger.
1.5 We don’t cancel or reschedule first lessons on our own initiative.
1.4 We carefully look through Aloha 2.0 materials and plan the structure of the lesson in such a way that it would fit the student’s preferences listed in their profile.
1.6 If any unforeseen circumstances impede us from conducting the lesson, we contact the school representatives (Teachers Care or group supervisor).
2. What we do during the lesson
2.1 We adhere to the rules listed in the Unified Teacher Standard during the whole first lesson.
2.4 We conduct a short warm-up to get to know the student and help them focus on the lesson.
2.6 We switch to Aloha 2.0 materials that are either higher or lower in level if we see that the chosen level of Aloha 2.0 materials is either too difficult or too simple for the student.
2.7 We clarify your student’s wishes and preferences regarding the learning process, including the number of lessons our student is ready to have each week, the amount of homework our student is ready to do regularly, etc.
2.9 We let the student know how the learning process is to be organized, which courses or supplementary materials are to be used to lead the student towards their goals and fit their needs.
2.10 We follow the structure of the main part of the lesson, including the following stages: a short lead-in, the presentation of new lexis or grammar, a skills development stage, a communicative task to actively apply all the new information in speech, a cool-down stage.
2.12 We clarify the time and date of the second lesson. If we already know which materials we are going to take with the student for their second lesson, we tell the student what the topic of the second lesson will be.
2.3 We start and conduct the lesson using Aloha 2.0 materials and combine them with other materials on the Vimbox platform only if we know that the student has a very specific and narrow request that Aloha 2.0 does not cover. In this case, we start with Aloha 2.0 and proceed up to the 3rd slide, and then switch the materials to what we deem more suitable.
2.2 We start and conduct all first lessons with our new student using Aloha 2.0 materials only, excluding the cases when the student has already taken these materials with their previous teacher.
2.5 We clarify and help our student formulate and verbalize what they want to get from their lessons. We help them set their goals for the next 4-8 lessons.
2.8 We negotiate increasing the number of regular lessons and the amount of homework if we see that the student would need to study more to achieve their goals.
2.11 We give our student feedback regarding their skills, knowledge and performance, ask the student to share their opinion about the lesson and discuss how to adjust the following lessons to fit the student’s needs better.
2.13 We send the student homework that is directly connected to what was studied during the lesson if the student is willing to do homework.
3. What we do after the lesson
3.1 We carefully plan which materials we are to take for the following lessons with the student so that they would help the student achieve their goals and be interesting and engaging at the same time.
3.2 We ask methodologists or more experienced teachers to help if we realize that we won’t be able to manage the student’s request on our own.
3.3 We keep in touch with our student via Vimbot or another convenient messenger between the first and the second lesson in case the student has questions regarding their homework or schedule.
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