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Lesson One

Lesson Two

Lesson Three

Lesson Four

Lesson Five

Lesson Six

Lesson Seven

Lesson Eight

Lesson Nine


Lesson Six


Things to Know, Do, and Be Aware of

Remember to briefly review what was previously taught in the last class. This is a good strategy because it helps students remember important skills and facilitates them to ask questions about certain things they didn't understand.

Student should always be asking questions. Be sure to facilitate discussion and questions in class. The more students speak, the better you'll be able to gauge their understanding of the material and lessons. If students aren't asking questions, then:

  • They may not understand what is going on and are too scared to let their peers know they mat not understand something.
  • Are too shy to speak up.
  • Don't realize that they don't grasp the lessons and material thoroughly.

Students should also be encouraged to help each other. A class of 10-12 people may seem small - even with the help of a teaching assistant. However, it is difficult to give everyone individual attention. Take notes of the students that are moving at a faster pace than others. When you feel that you can't teach everyone within the 2.5 hours time limit you have, try getting the 'advanced' students to help students who are moving slower than they are. This will:

  • make the students get to know each other
  • make the 'not-so-advanced' student feel less insecure.
  • build confidence in the 'more-advanced' student and make him/her feel that they really do understand aspects of basic computer technology and can help their classmates as well.

Class 4 and Class 5 of the FCLP Syllabus

Before attending class, make sure you make handouts and get copies of business and cover letters for the students.

Business and Cover Letters

Teaching students how to write business and cover letters is fun and challenging. Many students will convey their interest in learning how to write proper cover letters in order to apply for better job positions that require not only a resume but also a cover letter in the job application. Often, FCLP instructors will encounter students who have never written anything other than a personal letter. Other students may already have used typewriters to write out cover and business letters for their jobs.

Suggestions for teaching how to write a letter

  • Use handouts
  • Handout copies of letters
  • Use a blackboard, eraser board to break down and explain letter writing
  • Even better, try using a PowerPoint presentation to depict this.
  • Explain to students the importance of proper grammar and spelling. Show them:
    • Spell check
    • Grammar check
  • Explain to them what it means when there is a green or red underline under the word(s) they typed.