Lessons 3 & 4: Pleased To Meet You

There are 3 steps for TPRS, according to a fantastic handout written by Susan Gross in 2007. They are:
Step 1= Establishing meaning
Step 2 = Story
Step 3 = Literacy
and this week I aimed to cover all three using the story Pleased To Meet You.

My years 3-7 lessons this week were based on a simple adaption of the Jim Tripp’s story, Pleased To Meet You. This adaption was suggested to me by my amazing mentor, Catharina. The beauty of her adaption is that the story is pared down to a level whereby it contained just a small amount of vocabulary with the fun twist at the end clearly understood.
While I did essentially the same lesson with all middle and upper primary classes, I did tweak it slightly for the older students. Here is an outline of the two 50 minute upper primary lessons.

Lesson # 1
Roll using class dojo

Introduce the jobs of ‘tukang foto” (photographer), “tukang film” (Filmer) (year 6/7’s) or ‘tukang foto” (photographer) & “penghitung” (counter) (yr 5/6’s)

Target Language focus – (1,2,3)
1,2,3 =
1. introduce the words
2. Say, repeat and discuss gesture to illustrate meaning
3. translate

siapa nama – what’s your name?
nama saya – My name is….
ya – yes
bukan – no
pak – Mr
bu – Mrs/Ms
senang sekali – very happy
dari – from
bertemu – to meet (right hand shake)
dengan – with (hands come together in a clasp)

Brain Break – piccadilly circus extension: as the ball is handed to another person, one student asks siapa nama & the other replies with nama saya (and their name). Time and record lowest score on board.

Storytelling
Before the story, point to and go through quickly, the extra vocabulary and their meaning: (helpful extra vocabulary)
kemarin – yesterday
juga – also
di – in,at,on (with at circled)
berkata – said

Kemarin Bu Turley (class teacher) di Macdonalds.
Kemarin Will.i.am di Macdonalds juga
Will.i.am berkata, “Halo. Nama saya Will.i.am. Siapa nama?”
Bu Turley berkata, “Nama saya Bu Turley.”
Will.i.am berkata, ” Bu Turley? Bu Turley dari PEPS? Astaga!! Senang sekali bertemu dengan Bu Turley! Autograf?”
(after accepting Bu Turley’s autograph, Will.i.am faints!)

Tell the story using monyet as the class teacher and the laminated picture of Will.i.am, hand gesturing/pointing to word list when using a word with the meaning on the board. Stopping for frequent comprehension checks and encourage students to use the stop sign.
Retell the story using actors who only act it out physically, following along with my retelling.

Lesson close – sampai jumpa murid murid/ sampai jumpa Bu Cathy.

Lesson # 2
Roll using class dojo

Target Language Review
Bola kenalkan – using a soft ball, throw to each student one by one asking, “Siapa nama?” as they return the ball to me, they answer with “Nama saya ….” encouraging complete answers and stopping for comprehension checks (What does ‘Siapa nama?’ mean?)

Storytelling
With a completely blank board except for the 4 extra words & their translations,
kemarin – yesterday
juga – also
di – in,at,on (with at circled)
berkata – said,
ask students to retell the story in Indonesian. Write it up on the board as they go, constantly checking for comprehension.

Kemarin Bu Turley (class teacher) di Macdonalds.
Kemarin Will.i.am di Macdonalds juga
Will.i.am berkata, “Halo. Nama saya Will.i.am. Siapa nama?”
Bu Turley berkata, “Nama saya Bu Turley.”
Will.i.am berkata, ” Bu Turley? Bu Turley dari PEPS? Astaga!! Senang sekali bertemu dengan Bu Turley! Autograf?”
(Will.i.am faints)

Reading
1. ‘Echo Read’ the story with me. I say a line at a time and students echo it.
2. I say a sentence in Indonesian and students repeat it in English. Bu Cathy Bahasa Indonesia, murid murid Bahasa Ingriss.
3. Introduce the reader leader job. Do several read throughs using the microphone.

Free Write
Rub out the story completely, but NOT the 4 extra words.
kemarin – yesterday
juga – also
di – in,at,on (with at circled)
berkata – said
Introduce the concept of Free Writes and explain that today’s free write is purely a practice to make sure students understand the procedure. Outline the aim is for students to write non-stop for 5 minutes and there will be 10 bonus points for each sentence written!
Choose a few helpers to distribute paper and lead pencils while everyone else finds somewhere to work. Set the timer on class dojo for 5 minutes. Name and date at top of page.
Afterwards students count both the number of words and the number of sentences, the totals of which I will collect and collate on the smart board.

Lesson close – sampai jumpa murid murid/ sampai jumpa Bu Cathy.

Reflections on my week will be in my next post! I am looking forward to getting some feedback on my two lesson plans!! What do you think of them? Would they work with your upper primary students? Have you taught Please to Meet You and do you have some ideas on how I can extend it further next week?

Salam dari,
Bu Cathy

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4 thoughts on “Lessons 3 & 4: Pleased To Meet You

  1. Hi Cathy, After reading your pleased to meet you post I have decided to try your lesson with my year 5 and 6 students this week. I’m excited to see how they go. Will keep you posted.

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    • I can’t wait to hear how it goes!!! A fellow Indonesian teacher taught it last week to all her classes and said it was brilliant for her too!

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      • It was a huge success! I used our assistant principal and Will.i.am as our characters. I had songs on my iphone as their theme songs which i played as they entered the story. The students thought that was a nice touch. We all had a good laugh when I imitated one of the boys in the class meeting Taylor Swift in Indonesian.
        The students and myself never would have thought that they were capable of writing a whole story in Indonesian. I would say 85% were able to complete this task without additional assistance once I had established what they had to do. I found that my year 6s coped quite well however my year 5s struggled a bit. So I ended up writing the story in English on the board for the year 5s. This then helped them stay on track when writing their own story.
        Many students even added in their own sentences using prior knowledge eg: apa kabar? terima kasih etc…
        Thanks again. I find your blog insightful and helpful.
        I attended the Vilta conference this week in Melbourne. A few of us decided to set up a Facebook page which we have named Primary Indonesian Language Teaching. I have posted a few activities that I have done in class and hope that other teachers will do the same. We just need to share it with other Indonesian teachers across the country and hopefully it will snowball. I have posted a pic of some writing one of my students did, based on your story, and have attached a link to your blog. I hope this is ok with you. Let me know. Thanks again.

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      • Wow. Awesome to hear it was just as great with your students as it was for mine. Great to hear that there is a facebook page dedicated to guru BI. When my Bridge visitors head home i will search for it!! I also can’t wait to blog about what we’ve done recently. It too had been a blast. I just so love teaching with TCI!! Keep in touch ok?

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