Hi, I´m currently trawling back through past headings, looking for ideas to help me teach (even!) better, now I´m back in Spain.
It seems such a shame some exceptionally good threads have fallen by the wayside!!
Now there´s a whole new group of language assistants soon to arrive from the U.S. so, alongside all the threads about their new locations couldn´t we revive this thread and offer some useful tips, to add to those already listed? Certainly, I´ve already added some of those items to my own collection of ´must haves´for teaching purposes!
My own additional item would be a laminator - I brought a small portable machine complete with plastic sheets of differing sizes with me from England to Spain - it´s proved to be so useful for producing sets of cards for language practice using games, as well as being used to safeguard ´realia´items including postcards, leaflets and tickets
I´ve made themed sets re. food, sport, places, colours, animals, famous faces, landscapes etc. I simply cut out magazine pictures or download from the internet suitable images and laminate them, before storing in a portable file -box. The possibilities for use across all four skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - are endless!
As an occasional ´substitution´teacher, I know I can always improvise a lesson using just one or two of these images, if necessary - I rarely find that the ´regular teacher´s had time to write out a lesson plan for me, in advance of going sick!
Nos vemos - here in Cadiz it´s usually pronounced minus both /s/ sounds!!