Personally, after more than 6 months working together, teacher and students tend to adapt their strategies to one another.
6.Have you any comments on the language used by the teacher to talkabout language and how this facilitated access to understanding of thelanguage?
The teacher used English at all times. Students found it easy to followsince she made constant reference to the prompts she had written onthe board and to the examples students had been working on.Interestingly enough, the teacher made also reference to students’ mother tongue several times, especially when dealing with meaning.This certainly contributed to students’ access to understanding.
7.Consider now any discussion about language that took place in theclassroom, either among students, or involving the teacher. From thediscussion, was there any evidence of learners trying to align newinformation with old – that is, processing recent input with their existinghypotheses about language?
Since the content taught was directly related to the content taught the previous class, the connections were not only expected but present inteacher’s and students’ discussions.
8.Is it possible to summarise:a)What the students might have thought the lesson's objectivewas?
The class objective was pretty transparent for students. By theend of the lesson they would be able to recognize thedifferences between Defining and not defining Relative Clauses.
b)What they came away with from the lesson?
They could isolate the rule and meaning of Defining RelativeClauses and contrasted to the Non-defining ones.
Now contrast this with the lesson's objectives and its process.Do you consider that it is important that students know what' the lessonis going to be about and what objectives are set? Is it important thatthey come away from the lesson with what the teacher plans for them tocome away with?
If we support the ideal of students as active builders of their own knowledge, we will want our students to have clear aimsand expectations. What we do in class is for them, so makingthem participate of what will be going on will encourage greater participation and commitment.
9.Considering the lesson you observed and the discussions you have had,what inferences can you draw from the lesson about (a) what languageis, and (b) what language learning is to the teacher concerned? In other