This was a multi-cultural and multi-level class within in an IEP program so mostly young students (20 somethings). They were all really great students and I felt lucky because they engaged well with the content and also worked hard too.
The topics we covered centered around different forms of media, so I went with giving advice the first week, writing a News Story for the second week, creating restaurant reviews for the third week and interviewing classmates for a personality profile the last week. You could consider this like an English for Academic Purposes writing class focusing on media writing. During class I mostly gave introductions to the kind of writing, talked about how to write and gave examples. I chose activities that I thought would be engaging and had students work together to use their own knowledge.
Looking back I feel I should have spun in more social and critical thinking skills, but I think because I wasn't familiar with my students and really the class format that I tried to stay within a comfortable arena of work. However, there were times when some cultural or critical thinking skills were utilised and performed by the students.
Overall, I was pleased to hear from my students that they enjoyed my teaching and the class and were sad I wasn't going to be teaching there next session. It renewed my teacher spirit and put a little bit more fuel in me to finish up my degree so that I can head back to the classroom as an instructor.
For the last class we went over to Bauhaus books so they could do their interviews in a casual setting and then just kickback.
Below are my lesson plans which are pretty rough and without all the nice things like "objectives" and what-not. But they can give you a good idea of what happened and might be useful for anyone teaching a similar class in the future.