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Unit Seven – Students Interactional Pattern [video & reflection]

      When Kurt and I first discussed about the sketch of the presentation, we were really excited because this lesson – Interactional Patterns, because Kurt mentioned that we could use new way to present our lesson. In the previous weeks that most of our classmates used Power Point to to present the lesson; and this time we wouldn’t use power point but we will use video, poster, and stickers to perform. I really enjoyed in the preparation of the presentation, from the recording the video to editing the video and adding substitution. There was the motivation in my mind and I thought a good presentation didn’t need to cost lots time, but it could make its audience enjoy and really participate in the activites. I was really glad that I could have such a good partner like Kurt who is really creative. He always raises lots amazing and brilliant ideas. 

(This is the sample of the magnets)

    Kurt suggested that we could use video to make our presentation more interesting and clearly, and I suggested that by using magnets, our classmates could have more interaction wuth us. Since this  presentation was related to interaction, we thought many ways to enhance our communications as many as possible. To our amazement that our classmates were energetic and paasionate that they has great interaction when we had actibity one. Kurt asked volunteer from each group to show the ideal clasrrom seats arrangments by moving magnets. We heard lots creative responds from our classmates, and by this activity, we could that classmates really have actual interaction on the class, rather than sitting there and listening lectures.    

    In the third part of the presentation, we used demonstration video to help our classmates have further understanding about students interactional patterns, and I thought the video was really successful because when I saw the facial expression of our classmates, I was relieved. They were excited, happy, and enjoyable about the video. Thanks for the advice of Kurt that we could enhance our interaction by this video. In the futuire, technology implement on teaching will be more and more important. Sometimes, by these technolies, students could enhance their learning motivation, and teachers could have more alternatives and changes in thier teaching. However, it also has shortcoming for time consuming and the fixing problem. I still remenbered when the teacher from 復興實驗中小學 gave us speech, there were some problems about her CD, so she could use the power point. It may cause much time on fixing it, and teacher will not habe enough time on her teaching.

 

                                            This is the video of Unit Seven – and I put it on the Youtube

                                            Hope you could enjoy it  🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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First Class Observation in Long Man Junior High

up1.jpg(The painting left is for Mr. Young, cause I forget bring my camera, so I paint it for him.) First of all, I would like to say that it is really a beautiful experience for me, and it seems like a dream that students could study in such a beautiful campus. Thanks for Teacher Young’s tour guide, and his enthusiasm on teaching that gives us huge impression. Although it rained heavily this morning, it couldn’t extinguish our passion on today’s observation. Before I’ve heard Long Man Junior high school, but I have never been there, so I have never known that this campus is so brilliant, astonishing, and beautiful. We arrived there at 8:40 morning, and before we got into the campus, I saw the huge decoration in the playground.

    According to teacher young, there are five decoration arts in the campus, and he also introduced us to see these arts. To my amazement, this school is not just a school, but it’s almost like a museum.     

    After visiting the campus, we had a small discussion with teacher Young and teacher Hung. It is not easy to pass the Teachers Certificate Exam, so all we could do is work harder, and enhance our professional competence, so we could have more advantages to compete with others. Young said he had known that he wanted to be an English teacher since he was in College. He have accumulated lots of teaching experiences, such as being a tutor or working in cram school. Sometimes, it makes me wonder, if I could have such potential to do this? Although I am going to finish my credits in Educational Program, I still feel unsteady about this reality – to be a student teacher. Young also remained that we must have to enhance our language competence any time, cause this is the tool for us to compete and work. In the small discussion, I saw the optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic attitude of Young, and I was really touched by his teaching spirit. It also brought me some inspiration.         

    Next, we went to the school observation, and after going home, I made a list for class observation.

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   In warm up, teacher and students have great interaction, and because the English teacher is also their home room teacher, it seems that teacher could control their emotion well. The interesting part is that teacher uses word cards, also known visual aids, to enhance students learning motivation. Teacher combines the words that students have learned and the new words. So, students could learn more confidently.

   Authentic language is also important, because it could make students have further understanding about what they are learning, so teacher also raise some authentic examples about vocabularies. Some daily life topics could raise students’ attention and learning motivation.

  Chain dill is also used by teacher. After introducing a new vocabulary, she will ask students to repeat with her. Students could also get familiar with new English words by repeating. Besides, it also gives students pronunciation practice.

     The main part of today’s lesson is grammar focus. Teacher uses text book and black board to introduce and explain grammar to students. After introducing, teacher call a student who is going fall asleep ask the question. This question is about “What they have learned in previous class.” This way not only could make students pay more attention, but also  arouse students’ previous knowledge. After introducing grammar, students start to practice the questions in the text book. After 3 minutes, teacher would ask students answer the questions by “game”.     It seems that every student has known the rule well, so they are willing to answer the question, and they answer “well”! Answering questions by game could loosen students’ tension and anxiety. When students practice grammar, teacher also walks around in the class to observe students and check if they have any problems. Because teacher introduces grammar step by step, so students could learn it well. I could also see positive reinforcement. When students have right answer, teacher will give them encouragement. However, if students have wrong answers, teacher also gives them positive feedback. 

   All in all, I see the excellent interaction and class management from today observation, and the last thing which remains me is that writing in black board is vital. Beautiful and neat writing will make students feel comfortable, and teachers also could teach well.  (FIN)

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Preview Question about CH.3 Focus on the Learners

 00.jpg In this chpater, we are going to discuss about the learning belifs of second language leaners and the learning strategies. Last week, we have known the beliefs of teachers could effect the teaching schedules and process. This week, the issue recall the theme of last week – students’ beliefs. I think the interesting part in this chapter is that cultural difference is the crucial reason for students to learn second language. This text book provides an interesting comparasion of the students who come from Spain and Chinese have totally diffrent attitude on learning English. For the Chinese students who learn English in the U.S., they couldn’t figure out what the main points of teaching, beause there are too many activities in the class; however, on the other hand, for the students come from Spain, they may could get use to this teaching. Also, for many foriegners who would like to learn Chenese feel bored about simple routine of teaching. No interaction, no games, and no conversation in the class make them bored to dead.    

   

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Question 2: What strategies will you use to make your teaching more effective and meaninful

  001.jpg From my point of view, I think by using visual aids and teaching with humanistic approach could enhance studens’ leaning interests. Throgh the material, such as video, interacting DVD and word cards, teacher can stinulate students’ learning motive and make them want to get into the learning. I paticipated in teaching group last summer and this winter vacation, in which I used interactive DVD to teach elementary students. For them, English leaning is not just so monotonous, but it could be fun and interest.

   The humanistic approach is also important on English leaning, because it could involve in affective domain. If teachers just ask student to remenber and repeat English, but not to consider students feeling, they may lose their motives on leaning.  The meaningful leaning is also an vital concapet when teachers instruct students. We have to let students understand why they are leaning this and waht benifis and advantages they could get from leaning. Contrary to meaningful learning, instructing in monotonous way may get students confused on what they are doing.

   So, in my opinion, visual aids, humanistic approach and meaningful learning are three main effective strategies I would like to use in my future teaching.

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Question 1: Which of these approaches do you hope will have more influence on your teaching in future

022.jpgAccording to my title – the most effective methodology of English teaching

It sounds like a dream that poeple could find the most efficient way to teach non – native speaker English. As a matter of fact that there is not the “most” effective way to turn a non- native speaker into a native speaker. If really exists, experts, professors, and scholars would not work so hard to design and search English methodology.

 I spent almost 1 year from last summer to this Febuary  going to cram school to learn English Methodolgy for preparing graduate school. The teacher noted us variety of English Methodology, and she also introduced the different trend of different generation; from pre-hisorical Method which included GTM to 70 ‘s Designer’s method in which we could see SW, STR & TPR to the Mainstream nowadays – Communicative Approaches.  From my points of view, each method and approach have their own unique way to teach language; however, they are not the denifitiely effective way promising students can become native speaker as soon as possible. For example, Grammar Translation method empjasuzes on the grammar and translation which makes students suffer from memorizing the endless list of vocabularies and abstract rules. On the practical aspects, thay may not use these boring rule o often. Besides students may lose thier motiation bacause of lacking connection with real-life. 

In the future, I might combine the advanges of different kind of approaches and methods. For example I would like to use the contexualized and personalized materials ( from Direct Method) to enhance students interst in leaning. The chain drill from Audio-Lingulalism can make students get used to the conversation (but not to use so often to lose the interest). Among this approach, I especially prefer to Communicative Appraoch, because of the interaction, meaningful learning and humanistic principles. Besides form  considering the influence of approaches, we should also nice students’ affective reactions on learning.  

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