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TESOL Certificate Programs Observation Notebook

TESOL Certificate Programs

Observation Notebook

Observation Notebook Feedback Form

Goal: Increased awareness of varied teaching practices gained through reflective observation of teaching

Reader comments on each report

Score / 10

  • 1. Both of your reflections were especially effective because you were able to connect what you observed with specific teaching strategies that you had learned in your course work, e.g. Helgesen & Brown, Larsen- Freeman & Anderson.

9.5

  • 2. Your reflection of how what you observed can be used in your future teaching was on target in terms of the importance of teaching grammatical skills in a communicative context and understanding that students will need considerable reinforcement before they achieve mastery of the target structure.

8.5

  • 3. In your second reflection, you recognized that the instructor guided the students in developing their speeches so that both their fluency and the grammatical and lexical complexity of their statements increased. Being able to do that well is a sign of very good instructional practice.

8.5

  • 4. Both of your reflections showed insights into the use of authentic language to promote communication. First, TBLT is an excellent pathway to enable students to work with authentic language. You also recognized how the internet can provide students with authentic examples language use once you return to Korea.

8.5

  • 5. Both of your reflections were especially effective because you were able to make the connection between theories you had studied, e.g. recasts for error correction, kinesthetic reinforcement, and their actual use in the classroom.

9.5

  • 6. I liked your suggestion in your second reflection that students should close their eyes and just listen to the sound. Since one cannot produce a sound until one can hear it, utilizing techniques to facilitate that process would be a very good strategy.

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  • 7. In this particular observation, I liked the way that you developed a comparison to the way that you were taught grammar and this instructor’s use of an inductive approach. Using that approach requires students to be much more engaged in the lesson.

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  • 8. It is good that you recognize that the students’ ability to apply strategies like guessing the meaning from context must be developed over the course of an entire class and not just a lesson topic. As you plan your teaching activities, think about how you can build this process into your syllabus.

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  • 9. I agree with you that having the students summarize what they

 

remember from the essay without seeing it in front of them is a very good way to help them avoid plagiarism. It is also an excellent way to

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promote students’ concentration when doing academic reading. 10. Your reflections identify a very important strategy that you can use to provide your students with authentic materials—have them do internet research. As you note, most of your future studen ts will not have been to the U.S., so being able to provide them with a clear image of what a particular context looks like is an excellent way to promote learning.

8.5

TESOL Certificate Programs Observation Notebook

TESOL Certificate Programs

Observation Notebook

Observation Notebook Grade Form

Required: 10 observation reports that evidence effort and increase in awareness / understanding of the teaching process.

Student:

___Hyeonseong

Shin (Daniel)_____________________

Date of completion: ________________

  • Exceptional - A

    • Above Average - B

    • Average - C

    • Below Average - D

    • Fail - F

Please see the “Observation Rubric” for an explanation of each level.

Comments:

Daniel: I really impressed by how comprehensive your Observation Notebook is. By keeping such detailed records of the artifacts that were used in each class you were much better able to reconstruct what took place.

Your reflections offer some very insightful ideas about why and how the teachers you observed conducted the lessons in the manner they did. Being able to reflect on one’s teaching is an essential step in developing professionally and your work here suggests that you are well on your way to doing that. Well done

Evaluator Name:

____Bill

Baker______________________________

Date:

_____August

13, 2015___________________