Class Observation #3 Colegio C.

July 2nd, 2009 Class: 3rd year Age of learners: 15/16-year-olds Observer: Yohana Solis Aims of the lesson: Materials used: Instruction-giving skill signally of beggining of activity

stating of aims

voice

eliciting information from learners

use of examples

eye movement to hold attention

mime, gesture or other body language

repeating instructions in a different way asking questions to check understanding use of simple language

management and organization of class

use of visual aids (e.g. board, role cards, worksheet, pictures, real objects) signalling of end of activity

No. of learners: 26 Length of lesson: 40 minutes Teacher observed: GB Even though the teacher had planned the class in advance, she had to rearrange the plan due to the school break determined by the goverment as a consequence of the pandemic. More than half of the class was devoted to assigning homework, however, the teacher managed to get back to the plan at least for the last ten minutes. board, chalk and book Circle appropriate number

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LCB – TTC – Methods2 Tasks for Teacher Education, Taner and Green, Longman, 1999 Unit 5, Task 2 Do as I say - Instruction-giving skills

Level: Intermediate

dvance, she had to rearrange the plan due to the school break determined . More than half of the class was devoted to assigning homework, n at least for the last ten minutes.

Comments The T marks the beginning of an activity with "So…" followed by the activity and the reason for doing it.

The T was more than explicit when stating the aims, not only of the activities carried out in class but also of the ones assign as homework for the School break. (Eg: "Next week you need to have activities compensating classes, so you do these activities at home and if you have problems, you send me an email.") Although her voice was low, it was pretty clear. If I were her, I would have raised the volume when students got noisy. Tend to rise or lower the volume is innate in one's personality. The T started asking questions about the book they were reading and the movie they had seen the previous class, but more than half of the class was not paying attention and/or did not consider the questions instructions to follow. The T used body language especially for class management (Eg: "shhhh" putting her finger over her mouth). She didn't use examples when giving instructions for activities, probably because they were oral ones. Eye contact was essential in this T's classroom management. Discipline and interaction were mainly handled through eye movement.

T's gestures are innate in her way of speaking. (Eg: Pointing the book when asking questions about it) A good deal of miming was present, considering it was a teen’s class and not a children's one. T repeats instruction orally, then she writes on the board and she shows the book's page and the exercise. T asks students to explain and/or summarize the instructions given. All the instructions were in English and she uses simple language. She uses Spanish, only to catch students' attention if they are misbehaving. It was a difficult class, it was the last one before the school break and the students were restless, which complicated the organization even more. It took long to calm them down when they first arrived and she did not devote time to explaining reasons for the break. I would have let them express their opinion, they seem to be willing to speak about the social situation. This would have helped with the organization. When assigning activities and homework she used the book to show the pages. No topic was delivered, therefore, no visual aids were needed. When the bell rang, the activity was still going on. Her explanations went on for some minutes.

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