Hi I'm Stephanie (insert monotone echo "Hello Stephanie") and I have a confession.... I have taught with VIPKID for over two and a half years and have never taught any of the higher levels. What?!? Here's what happened, I love teaching the little ones and after the first month or two, I never had a problem with bookings. However, I must admit, I am intrigued by the depth of the content and the lure of teaching a more independent mind. So, I decided to get my own certifications for Levels 4, 5, and 6. Now that I have them, I had three questions
I took some notes from my course classes and found lots of great online content to answer my questions, including this video full of great do's and don'ts from Miss Nancy Taylor herself...
I've compiled my "research" (chicken scratches stained with Mac & Cheese) here for you so that you have one quick guide for teaching higher leveled students with VIPKID.
"Level 5 students are higher level students who can read and understand more complex texts and make comparisons. These students have English classes they take outside of VIPKid.... The class feels less like an ESL class and more like a "normal class." -From the introduction of the Level 5 Certification Course with VIPKID.
These students have a great foundation for language. They have a deep vocabulary bank to draw from and know the basics of sentence structure. They will be able to carry on a conversation about their day to day (get ready for lots of Frozen 2 spoilers... haha). And they can use judgement to make a decision. This class will be less instruction on English language and more about the actual content and allowing the students to have conversations.
There are no specific ages for these kids because their level placement is all about their skill and ability with using English. This will be different for each child based on their experience and exposure to English lessons.
Topics include history, literature, and basic science. They have most of the English "rules" down. Phonics and spelling mostly focus on exceptions to rules. Something to remember for any level is to always meet the objectives. You might not get the exact phrase out of the student for one slide. Ask yourself "Did they meet the objective?" That's your measure of success and should be your guiding teaching principle. There will be vocabulary, grammar, math or phonics for each lesson. Look these over before class, prepare prop, think of extension questions and check for understanding throughout the lesson.
Do you remember Bloom's taxonomy from your education 101 class? Just in case you don't, here is a quick refresh:
It is a map to the way we think and the levels of learning. The lower levels are more about fundamental learning principals. You use these a lot when teaching the lower leveled students. In the higher leveled lessons there will be more opportunities for content extension and critical thinking skills. You will use more of the Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation as you teach these classes.
Here are some basic practices to use in the higher levels:
Whew! We did it! I'm excited to start teaching these higher level students with you. I hope this guide not only helps you get certified but is also helpful as you teach in the classroom.
See you next time! Adios Amigos!