VIPKID is legit – My experience: Day 240 Part 1

September 10, 2017

Finally have this update in sync with a Youtube update!  Yay!

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I thought I would use this update to extend on examples of what you can say on student feedback in regards to preparing students for the upcoming Unit.  These would be used either on the previous Unit Assessment (e.g. If the student just finished MC-L2-U2-LC2-12, this would be a message preparing students for Level 2 Unit 3) or the first lesson of the unit (e.g. MC-L2-U5-LC1-1 Level 2 Unit 5).  You are welcome to use these examples in addition to adding your own message requesting 5 apples if you wish!

Level 2 Units 2 – 11 (I usually don’t leave comments about what students will see in Unit 12).

Level 2 Unit 2:

________ will begin learning letter sounds and the grammar structure “This is/These are” throughout Unit 2.  I would highly encourage ________ to practice the letter sounds for /b/ and /b/ beforehand if possible.  I would also encourage _______ to familiarize himself/herself with the sentence pattern “This is a _______” and “These are ________s”.  ________ To practice, _______ can find simple things in his/her room and practice.  For example, “This is a pen” and “These are pencils“.

Level 2 Unit 3:

________ will begin learning about class phrases and school rules throughout Unit 3.  Some of these sentence structures are often difficult for young learners.  I would encourage _______ to practice these sentence patterns if possible.  _______ can break these sentences into pieces and then gradually try to say them at once.

Level 2 Unit 4:

*If the student started at Level 2 Unit 4 (relatively new VIPKID student):

_______ will learn about family members and furniture that we can find in our homes throughout Unit 4.  I would highly encourage ______ to focus on the grammar structure “This is/These are”.  To practice, _______ can find simple things in his/her room and practice.  For example, “This is a pen” and “These are pencils”.

*If the student started at Level 2 Unit 1

_______ will learn about family members and furniture that we can find in our homes throughout Unit 4.  _______ will have more opportunities to practice and strengthen his/her understanding of the sentence pattern “This is a _________” and “These are _______s”.

Level 2 Unit 5:

_______ will learn how to practice saying math equations in English in Unit 5 lessons 2, 4, 8, and 10 .  I would highly encourage _______ to (1) practice saying the math symbols out loud and to (2) practice spelling the numbers 1 – 10 in their “word form” (e.g. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten).

Level 2 Unit 6:

_______ will learn about foods and different types of meals that we eat throughout Unit 6.

*I don’t think there is anything special worth noting in this Unit.

Level 2 Unit 7:

_______ will learn about facial parts and emotions throughout Unit 7.  I would like _______ to begin noticing the sentence patterns throughout this Unit.  I would especially like _______ to notice that we put an “-s” at the end of verbs that follow the pronouns “He/She/It” (e.g. She feels).  (**If the student is not a new VIPKID student). _______ will revisit the sentence patterns “This is/These are” once again. **

Level 2 Unit 8:

_______ will learn about colors throughout Unit 8.  _______ will also learn some comparative (“bigger/smaller”) and superlative (“the biggest/the smallest”) expressions.  When _______ begins learning about superlatives, I would like _______ to remember that we put “the” before the words “biggest” and “smallest”.

Level 2 Unit 9:

*If the class is MC-L2-U8-LC2-12 (Level 2 Lesson 12 Unit Assessment 2)

_______ will learn about things we can find in our neighborhood throughout Unit 9.  Lesson 1 has quite a bit of new and most likely unfamiliar vocabulary.  I would highly recommend _______ to review the neighborhood vocabulary before class if possible.

*If the class is MC-L2-U9-LC1-1 (Level 2 Unit 9 Lesson 1) and the student struggled

_______ will continue to see vocabulary associated with what we can find in our neighborhood (e.g. street, sidewalk, corner, building).  To strengthen _______’s understanding, _______ could draw a neighborhood, label the parts of a neighborhood, and say “This is a _______” out loud.

 

Level 2 Unit 10:

_______ will learn about farm animals throughout Unit 10.  I would highly encourage _______ to practice the sounds /ell/, /ill/, and /all/ outside of class if possible.  Many students struggle with these sounds and especially confuse /ell/ and /ill/.

 

Level 2 Unit 11:

_______ will learn about weather and seasons throughout Unit 11.  _______ will also be exposed to the future tense “will”.  I would encourage _______ to pay close attention to the sentence patterns that _______ will learn involving the future tense “will”.

 

Level 3 Units 1 – 11 (I usually don’t leave comments about what students will see in Unit 12).

Level 3 Unit 1:

_______ will learn about days and months throughout Unit 11.  I would encourage _______ to pay close attention to the long /a/ “bossy e” rule throughout this Unit.

Level 3 Unit 2:

_______ will learn about clothes and the types of clothes we wear throughout Unit 2.  I would highly encourage ______ to focus on the grammar point of this Unit (present tense vs. present continuous).

Level 3 Unit 3:

_______ will learn about body parts and what we do with our body parts throughout Unit 3.

*I don’t think there is anything special worth noting in this Unit.

Level 3 Unit 4:

_______ will learn about animals, their body parts, and how they move throughout Unit 4.

*I don’t think there is anything special worth noting in this Unit.

Level 3 Unit 5:

Good luck!

Level 3 Unit 6:

_______ will learn about our five senses throughout Unit 6.

*I don’t think there is anything special worth noting in this Unit.

Level 3 Unit 7:

_______ will learn about birthday celebrations and school academics throughout Unit 7.  I would highly recommend that _______ pays attention to the phonics content in this Unit.  _______ will learn the /oo/, /ou/, and /ow/ sounds.  These sounds can often be confusing for many students.

Level 3 Unit 8:

_______ will learn about life on the farm and life in the city throughout Unit 8.  I would encourage _______ to focus on the beginning double consonant blend sounds throughout this Unit (e.g. /bl/, /fl/, /cl/, /gl/, etc.).

Level 3 Unit 9:

_______ will learn about movements and vocabulary associated with what we can find in amusement parks throughout Unit 9.  I would encourage _______ to focus on the beginning double consonant blend sounds throughout this Unit (e.g. /cr/, /dr/, /pr/, etc.).

Level 3 Unit 10:

*If the student only books with me or maybe one other teacher 

_______ will learn about culture and celebrations throughout Unit 10.  _______ will also learn about frequency adverbs (always, usually, often, sometimes, and never).  There will be a lot of opportunity for extended and off topic discussions throughout this Unit.  This will give _______ an opportunity to really extend and show what he/she knows beyond just the lesson.

*I mention this because a lot of the content in Level 3 Unit 10 is extremely repetitive and simple.  Extended conversation is a necessity in my eyes!*

Level 3 Unit 11:

*If the class is MC-L3-U10-LC2-12 (Level 3 Lesson 10 Unit Assessment 2)

_______ will learn about famous English and Chinese folktales throughout Unit 11.  Lesson 1 will contain a lot of content, new vocabulary, and reading.  I would highly recommend that _______ previews the story of “The Three Little Pigs” if possible.  _______ will also learn a lot of new past tense verbs.  There will be a lot of opportunity for extended discussions and practice using verbs in the past tense.

*If the class is MC-L3-U11-LC1-1 (Level 3 Unit 11 Lesson 1) and the student struggled

_______ will continue to learn about the past tense and other new verbs.  I would highly encourage _______ to review the story of “The Three Little Pigs” and identify the past tense verbs.  There will also be a lot of opportunity for extended discussions and practice using verbs in the past tense.

 

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