Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Teaching Speaking

And now, the first productive skill: Speaking, which is such a priority for our students! This time, I analysed a video from an ESL classroom speaking activity. The focus of the task was teaching a function: finding a flat. Quite an original & worthwile activity, with some small limitations which I think are easily solved. Anyway, I think it's a pretty good task! You'll find the video (from YouTube) and next, my comments. Take a look and tell me what you think!

Teaching Speaking

Teaching Reading

For my discussion on the teaching of the second receptive skill, I decided to make a PowerPoint presentation. In this case, I considered some examples of things students say they do when they meet difficulty in reading comprehension, particularly when they meet a new word or phrase - 'the vocabulary question'! As you'll see through the slides, I set the students' comments followed by my impression of how effective/ineffective their strategies are. They reflect my opinion as to how much we should encourage or dicourage certain strategies. If you'd like to share your views, you're welcome. Cheers!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Class Observation # 6: Teaching Vocabulary

Hello people!
A new class observation: this one, short & quick, on teaching vocabulary (to beginner adults). Though a short activity, it was quite to the point so as to bring up some reflection on key issues of vocabulary teaching & learning. Take a look & tell me your other ways of dealing with vocabulary. See ya!

Observation Report # 6 - Teaching Vocabulary

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Class Observation # 5: Grammar as Lesson Content

Hi there!
Here's a new class observation report: 'Grammar as Lesson Content'. It was done at a beginner's class - a level I hadn't observed for a while - so the role of grammar was quite specific and to the point. Hope you're interested and let me know what you think. Regards!

Observation Report # 5 - Grammar as Lesson Content