Sunday, June 25, 2006

 

To a teacher trainee.

Last Thursday, an English teacher (Mr.M) from junior high school in Morioka came to our class, and I learned very important and necessity things. I would like to tell you about the informations in my blog. Please read them, and let's discuss about informations!

1. Making climax or showing a point in every lesson is very important. Giving changes to lesson is necessary and helpful to have students enjoy studying English when you teach English.
2. Praising students concretely is important. For example, "your pronunciation ""---th"" is like foreigner!" There are many way to praise students! (Not only "GOOD!" and "EXCELLENT!") Surely, I'm motivated by pointing my study's good point. I think that this point affects the student's motivation very much.
3. Don't say "Please speak to me!" when you introduce yourself. You should not wait for approch from the students! You should try to speak to the students, and communicate with the students!!

I think that we (teacher trainee) have to have a honest attitude. Everyone don't expect that we will teach perfectly. So we need not to be afraid of mistakes,and let's try our best with smile!

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

 

About my lesson.

My group taught how to speak to someone, ask something again and thank for someone.
First, we showed the students "What's your name?" "I'm ---." as a warm-up. After we showed how to say them, we had the students ask and answer this question by lines.
Next, we did role play the situation, and showed the students what are today's new phrases and how to use the phrases.
Third, we had the students practice the phrases. They practiced them in some ways. (Repeating after the teachers, only students dividing two groups, in pairs and so on.)
Then, we did a game as a activity. We showed new easy three words (book, ruler, pen), and had the students ask at least three students using today's phrases and new three words.
Finally, we had two pairs play the situation, and we checked that the students understood today's phrases.
I think that it is difficult to teach and show "situation" using new phrases. I'm sure that this experience will help me to teach English in junior high school next year.
Thank you.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

 

My mind ☆ About my future...

Three years have passed since I entered this university, and I often think about my future recently.
At first, I thought that I will absolutely become a teacher at an elementary school, but this thought has gradually changed.
These days, I'm taking a lecture about education of kindergarten, and I go a kindergarten for the lecture. Through the lecture, I think that I want to be a teacher at a kindergarten. Although the mind is not sure yet, I feel that the teacher of a kindergarten is the most attractive job I have thought.
Now, I think about my future, and I also worry about my future.
What are you thinking about your futere?
OR
What were you thinking when you were a university student.
Thank you.

Monday, June 05, 2006

 

Teaching Observation.

On Friday, June 2, I observed two English classes at Diamond Junior High School.

From 1:00 PM to 1:50PM, I observed the seventh grade.

1) What was the goal of the class?
・Introducing their family and friends so that the other people can understand them by using " This is ~ ", " He (She) is ~ ."
・Asking the others about person by using " Is he (she) ~ ? " and answering the questions.
・Noticing own mistakes and lacks, and trying to improve them by looking back their language activities.
2) What activities did the students do to accomplish the goal?
They did a game, a review of the last class, works in pairs and so on.
3) What was the role of the teacher in this class?
As a whole, the teacher had the students use English and express what they want to tell the others in English. The teacher use English many times except for explaining what will they do next. For seventh grade students, it is important to get accustomed to English very much, I thought. The teacher did this class by using not only sight but also hearing. Then, the teacher praised the students for their answers even if they mistake once.
4) From watching the teacher and students, did you receive any hints or clues as to how to a successful English class?
I received a lot of hints from this class. First, I feel that the teacher's pronunciation is important. The teacher's pronunciation was very good! Teachers should have appeals to attract the students to English. Then, using topics which close to the students is effective. They got the new grammars by using their family, and it seemed that the way was easy to understand. Lastly, using not only sight but also hearing is very important. So I want to use these things when I will do a practice teaching.

From 14:10 PM to 15:00 PM, I observed the ninth grade.

1) What was the goal of the class?
・Noticing own mistakes and lacks, and trying to improve them by looking back their activities.
・Asking the others and explaining by using " the present perfect."
・Hearing the informations the others want to tell correctly.
・Comprehending the form of sentences and the meaning and the use which is used " the present perfect."
2) What activities did the students do to accomplish the goal?
They did a review of the last class, works in pairs, practicing new words, reading the textbook and so on.
3) What was the role of the teacher in this class?
As a whole, the teacher had the students learn grammar, how to use the sentenses, and new words by enjoying English activities. Then, the teacher also praised hte students for their answers.
4) From watching the teacher and students, did you receive any hints or clues as to how to have a successful English class?
I got many hints and clues from this class. I think that repetition is very important. To learn new words and sentenses, they repeated them a few times. After that, the teacher had the students pronounce the words by line of the desk. I thought that that is good idea. Reading the textbook not only with teacher but also with tape, practice reading in pairs are interesting. There are many hints to teach in this class!

Thank you.

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