Knowing how to teach VIPKid Level 2 interactive lessons effectively is so important because this is the entry level where many students start their English-speaking journey! While some students will start at Level 1, most will begin with Level 2. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption that these students are in the earliest stages of learning English.
As a VIPKid Level 2 teacher, most of your students are going to be between the ages of 6-10. But, there will definitely be outliers, both young and old, who participate in Level 2 interactive classes. Generally speaking, prepare for students within the elementary age group when teaching this level.
So, we’re going to look at what you should expect, topics are covered in Level 2, some best practices for teaching this beginning level, and which props are most helpful.
How to Teach VIPKid Level 2
Be Familiar with All of the unit Topics
In VIPKid Level 2 Interactive Lessons, there are 144 lessons. (Twelve total units times 12 lessons per unit equals 144 lessons.)
The units are broken down by themes. The first half of the unit has a different focus than the second. So, there are 5 lessons (before the assessment for lesson 6) and 5 more lessons (before the final assessment on lesson 12).
Here is a general overview of the topics covered in each unit.
- Unit 1– Introduction to basic words, emotions, parts of the day
- Unit 2– VIPKid classroom technology, school vocabulary
- Unit 3– Introduction to pronouns, more school content, more & fewer
- Unit 4– People in my family, things in my home, equal or not equal
- Unit 5– Friends, toys, activities & games, plus or minus
- Unit 6– Shapes, foods, food words
- Unit 7– Body parts, emotions, sizes
- Unit 8– Colors, comparative words
- Unit 9– Places in a neighborhood, shape characteristics, transportation
- Unit 10– Animals, habitats
- Unit 11– Weather, weight measurement
- Unit 12– Britain, unit review
Set Appropriate Expectations
Remember, you need to set appropriate expectations before you ever log into your first class. And, since many of your students have never learned English from a native speaker before, you should keep three specific things in mind.
1. Your Students Need Lots of TPR & Minimal Incidental Language
TPR, or Total Physical Response, is essential in every grade. But for this level, it is particularly essential because TPR helps them understand what you want them to do even when they don’t understand your words.
Incidental language, or the use of “filler” words that don’t add meaning or context to the conversation, should be kept to a minimum. This helps the students hear only the most relevant vocabulary that we want them to repeat or hear spoken.
The less you say, and the more body language you use, the better. This reduces the amount of stress and anxiety your young students feel in the classroom.
2. Expect a lot of Parroting with Beginners
Parroting, which is a word used to refer to a student simply repeating everything you say, is characteristic of kids in the first few units of VIPKid Interactive Level 2.
They are getting used to listening and repeating. This isn’t a bad thing, but it can get frustrating when you want them to answer a question.
A good way to help your student understand that you are expecting an answer to your question (not just a repeated question) is to use character props or stuffed animals. You can have one animal “ask” the other a question and the other will then respond accordingly.
This is modeling the expectation for your student with TPR and without excessive incidental language.
3. Prepare for One-Word Answers Initially
In VIPKid Interactive Level 2, students will move past parroting and typically generate one-word answers. This is definitely a step in the right direction.
If they understand the question enough to give any type of response, they are making progress. However, as your students work through the units and get closer to Level 3, they will be expected to speak in complete sentences.
Best Practices in VIPKid Level 2
As beginners, these students really benefit from flashcards. The best flashcards for your VIPKid classroom are minimal in design.
I created a HUGE bundle of flashcards for VIPKid Interactive Level 2 that includes sight words, vocabulary words, and relevant images that align with the topics covered in each unit.
The level & unit number are located in the bottom right corner of each card to make planning and clean up a breeze.
The vocabulary cards are designed minimally on purpose with the word and one image.
This layout makes it easy for the student to take a mental “picture” of the word and image. It essentially imprints them in their memory.
Teach the Sight Words
There are about 5 sight words introduced in each Level 2 VIPKid unit. These will be revisited over and over again throughout the unit. They will also be used over and over throughout subsequent lessons.
It is really important that your student recognizes these words because they are frequently occurring words in the English language. Therefore we call them HFW, or high frequency words.
Help Your Students Learn the Letters and Sounds
Making sure that your students know each letter in uppercase and lowercase form is important to their future reading success! And, that is why so much time is spent reviewing and practicing these letters in VIPKid Interactive Level 2 lessons.
If they don’t get a firm grasp on letters and sounds at this foundational level, English will be more and more difficult for them to master.
So, pay careful attention to pronunciation and mouth shape. These two things will help your students so much!
Model, Model, Model
If you do nothing else in your VIPKid Level 2 Interactive lessons, make sure you model. Modeling is simply another word for the phrase “I do. We do. You do.”
In other words, you need to make sure that you show your student what he needs to do. This may come in the form of repeating, answering a question, or performing a task. But, for your student to understand his role, he has to see you do it first.
After you have modeled the skill you want your student to do, the next step is to allow her to have a part in the learning process. This is the “we do” part of learning, and at this point, you help your student. Finally, you allow them to try the skill on their own without your help. This is the “you do” part of learning.
The Best Props to Teach VIPKid Level 2
While there are all kinds of different props that you can use when teaching VIPKid Level 2 interactive lessons, these are by far my favorites…and the ones I use in EVERY lesson.
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1. Alphabet Flashcards
There are several different props you can use to teach letters and sounds, but I’ve found that simple alphabet flashcards work the best for me.
When I first started teaching with VIPKid, I tried using magnetic letters. But I quickly found them (as well as most of my other 3D props) to be too much trouble and take up way too much space.
So, this cheap set of alphabet flashcards has been my go to for teaching letters and sounds ever since.
2. Level 2 Flashcards
When I moved away from using 3D props and started using 2D props exclusively, I discovered that I needed props for all of the levels I taught. So, I spent weeks and weeks creating comprehensive sets of flashcards for each specific level.
This Level 2 bundle of flashcards contains over 500 flashcards including the vocabulary, sight words, alphabet (uppercase & lowercase), as well as sentence frames.
3. Find-A-Star Reward System
I use the Find-A-Star Reward System in every class I teach. It’s so simple to implement and I have printed both sets that I created so that I have 80 reward boards to choose from each day. Instead of being bored with the same reward, my regular students get a new board in every lesson. And, this keeps them from remembering the location of the stars.
To teach VIPKid Level 2 Interactive lessons, you want to use simple props and TPR to help your beginning learners. You want to focus on the foundational skills of letter recognition, sound recognition, and sight word memorization by using the “I do. We do. You do.” modeling technique.
Implementing these best practices will help you become a more effective VIPKid teacher and will allow you to earn more 5 apple ratings.