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Each visit involves at least two hours of observation. You should make the visit as instructed. The visits have an integral role in the course design. They can done on different days, according to availability of schedule. It is strongly suggested that you make notes at home immediately after the visit while things are still fresh in your mind. The reflection materials can be studied at the same time or some time later but it should be completed before you make your next visit. VISIT 1 OBJECTIVES During and after visit 1, you should be able to: 1. 2. 3. 4. Observe a Filipino family in a low income community for about two hours. Make observations and listen to people in the area. Record what you saw and heard during your visit. Reflect on the experiences and on your own ideas and attitudes.

A. VISIT Today, you will be making the first of a series of visits to the family. You will be given the chance to move around the community noting important details such as community facilities and services, housing, occupation and the like. Wander casually and unobtrusively around the community on your own and simply observe the situation of the people and their surroundings. Look for a sari-sari store or a place where people usually meet or talk. Simply sit, observe, and listen to what people are saying to each other, and notice the sort of things that they are talking about. Do not enter into conversations nor ask questions but concentrate on your observations. Do not make notes yet or carry your course materials. You will record your observations in your notebook or computer after returning from the visit. Take this visit as an opportunity for you to know the members of the family assigned to you. In Filipino, “pakikipagpalagayang loob.” The focus of your conversation is about their community. After spending at least two hours with the family and in the community, you should be able to gather information about the following: a. b. c. d. e. ! Description of the community History of the community Location Lot area Population )!

h. There is no right or wrong answer. Answer all the questions as much as you can. you can tell the members of the family when is your next visit. Barangay Hall. At the end of the visit. you will not only raise expectations unfairly but you may spoil your chances of establishing a relationship of friendship and understanding. and they may not trust you. Did you observe mainly people or mainly things? b. and anything else. Major occupations of residents g. You can explain again that you are coming simply to meet and find out what life in the community is like. Describe how you felt during the visit.! ! "#$%&'(%&! f.) B. in what ways are they similar or different from what you had expected? f. As you looked at the physical surroundings. Basic community services (School. You are there to learn from them. You had the experience of visiting a low income community but it is not enough. 2. Did you observe anything about the people which surprised or bothered you? Explain. think about it and analyze it. If you are to learn from the experience. Finally. You will briefly share your notes with your group at the next group meeting. What things interested you or intrigued you? c. Some may ask if you come to help them. What sorts of emotions have you experienced during the visit? e. Have you noted some unpleasant things? What are those? Why are they unpleasant to you? d. If you start quizzing people and asking lots of direct questions. record what you saw. If you give a positive reply. answer the questions below. try to set about it casually. REFLECTION 1. How do you think the people reacted to seeing you there? i. What did you see residents doing in the community? g. only honest opinion but it matters that your answers are drawn from your experience. NOTES Make notes on your visit. Barangay Health Center. when you are trying to collect information. D. don’t start giving people advice or appear to criticize how they live. C. Similarly. etc. how you felt. What sort of things do you think they said to each other about you after you left? *! ! . a. For your reflection. Think about your experience during your first visit. GENERAL GUIDE You will need to adopt an attitude of respect throughout the visit. you must reflect upon it. they may think that you are some sort of inspector or official. It is strongly suggested that you never to answer “Yes” nor to say anything that could be taken as a positive reply to this kind of question.

) +! ! . Prof. the feelings that you had. Again. Excelsa C. the observations that you made. (This FLE observation guide was prepared by Asst. Claudette Avelino-Tandoc’s and Asst. What is your idea of poverty? What word/words can you use to describe it? b. Did your visit tend to confirm your choice of word/words to describe poverty? c. think about the experience during your first visit.! ! "#$%&'(%&! 3. a. Prof. Would you now use the same or different words to describe poverty? Explain. Mary Anne Tumanan’s FLE Observation Guide. Prof. Tongson as adapted from Asst.