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The school visit: Li-Shan senior high school

May 26, 2008

Li-Shan senior high school is the school where Alice works. Before the visit, I‘ve already heard of the school form my senior who said Li-Shan is a good school and he wanted to be a practice teacher there. To my cognition, I think it must be a school with higher proportion of students entering the ideal school, just like most prestigious high schools in Taipei City. However, after Alice, the principal and other teachers’ introduction, I was very surprised at their decision and determination to hold such a different but outstanding school. Li-Shan aims at “scientific senior high school” and all the teachers and students need to know about research method which impressed me a lot, and I like it very much. I believe that research method will promote students’ logical and independent thinking that most Taiwan students lack, or maybe it’s only my deficiency. Just like Alice said, we must change our ways in teaching. Even though it’s a rough way to go, we still need to make it differently. I truly understood what Alice talked about because they make Li-Shan specialty and competitive rather than old-school teaching.  

 

When talking about the view in Li-Shan, it’s a beautiful school with a lot of tree. I love trees that make our environment more natural and comfortable. One of the buildings in the school is like a Disney castle with a clock, and which might be the highest and most notable building. We were all interested in that building and took a lot of pictures.

 

In Li-Shan, we observed two classes which were taught in whole English. We were surprised, but it seemed to be must, and students can follow and understand the teacher. The first class we observed was Ms Cheng’s teaching. At first, Ms. Cheng used a single word “luncheon” which is related to the lesson, and asked students to think about anything related to “luncheon” to make them focus and get into the lesson quickly. Then, the students got handouts and listened to the CD with handout. After finished the listening, students need to summarize what they heard and classify the vocabularies used in the article. To my surprise, most of students can complete it by themselves. I like Ms Cheng’s teaching because it was clear and put listening, reading and writing together. The teacher seemed to manage everything in a soft pace, and have a lot of interaction with students. She left space for students to have their own answers after thinking instead of telling them the answers.

 

The second one we observed is Ms Du. Ms Du used PPT with students’ pictures to show the body language, and which really caused great interaction and attracted students’ attention. After that, she gave student handout to ask them to find the main idea of each paragraph. Some students did very well, but some needed more time to do it. Maybe it takes times to do the practice, but it’s useful for students’ to improve their reading skill. At the end of the class, Ms Du used a short movie to show how body language can be used so vivid, and the movie was also impressive. For Ms Du, she always tries to use visual aid in her teaching to make students see and know what it is.

 

After the observation of the two classes, I think that teaching in English is quite important for students to improve their listening and get into the English learning situation quickly. Besides, the teachers in Li-Shan really show us how much love and passion they have for students and teaching. There is still a long way to go for us to become an English teacher like them, but I am happy to visit Li-Shan and learned a precious experience.  

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The school visit : Long-Man junior high school

May 26, 2008

The day we visited Long-Man junior high school was a rainy day that made it inconvenient to go out, and we tried hard to get there on time. After a long time of transportation, we finally arrived at the school and were surprised at the beautiful sights and magnificent buildings.

 

Even it is in the Taipei City whose land price may be pretty high, Long-Man junior high is different form the crowded buildings and narrow space outside. It makes good arrangement of the room and leaves a lot of space for students and teachers. I was very surprised not only at the hallways which are wider enough for students to roller-skate, and also the café seat for teacher’s using. Besides, the consultation room is quite comfortable and private. There are also well-equipped experiment classroom, art classroom and the studio which impressed us a lot to make their own films. The architecture there is also set in particular meanings. All of those show how the school provides a nice and comfortable environment for all the students and staff. Everything in the school seems to be set after seriously consideration, and I admire it a lot.

 

The teacher who showed us around is a very enthusiastic and energetic English teacher. When we were sitting in the conference room, a person jumped into the room, which made me surprised and wondered if every English teacher there is so energetic. Thanks for his guide and clear introduction to make us see how wonderful the school is.

 

After the tour around the school, we have classroom observation to do. When we got into the classroom, the teacher, Ms Huang was blaming a student in a strict manner for his wrong attitude. After that, Ms Huang made sure that if anyone didn’t bring the homework, and checked the answers together. After checking the answers, Ms Huang left time for students to ask questions and correct the wrong answers. Then, the students were given a test. When finishing the test, it was only five minutes left, and Ms Huang asked students to open the book to have a short lecture. During the class observation, I think the class management is a part that we need to learn, and I really saw how a teacher successfully managed a class. Also, I loved the handout the teacher gave; it must take Ms Huang a lot of time to complete it, and I believed it will enhance students’ learning. However, I am curious about the time management because of only five minutes left to teach. It’s hard to say because we only observed for a period and couldn’t make any judgment. Sometimes things are time-consuming, but we still need to take care of them.

 

 

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Assignment(Speaking)

April 28, 2008

 

My reflection on Teaching Speaking

 

After reading Alice’s activities for training students’ speaking, I think the most important thing is that the instruction instead of conclusion. The teacher just makes the rules or gives them the central idea, and students follow the instruction to create their own content. The activities include doing research, situational activity, dialogue, speech, experience sharing, role play and etc, which using attractive topics and lots of group work to enrich the whole job. Those activities have functions and are useful to make students not promote their speaking, but also listening, writing and creativity. Why creativity? I think the activities are creative and leave a lot of space for students to create and perform in the way they want, and use the language lively. I love those activities which must take a lot of time to complete. Hoping that I can also make activities like that.  

 

Besides, speaking may be the most difficult part for Taiwan students. Some students have learned English for many years, but it’s also hard for them to speak English or talk with foreigners because they’re afraid of making mistakes, including me. I seldom have chance to speak English very often and train my own speaking skill. Therefore, I am afraid of speaking English, especially in front of the public. I know I am not used to it enough. However, in this class we discuss and share with each one in English as most as possible, and I think I’ve gotten a little progress in speaking even though I still need to improve my own skill in English.

 

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Assingment (Listening)

April 28, 2008

My reflection on Teaching Listening

 

The difficulties interfere students’ listening may be varied and need time to solve. However, the frustration may cause students to refuse learning, and lower the learning effect. Therefore, how to create a comfortable situation for students to get used to listening little by little or use different strategies which could interest students become important. In class, we talked about listening difficulties for each level learner and classified the activities for them. Before that, I never thought about learning process like that and never thought deeply about difficulties for each level learner with different activities. Now I know better about the difficulties and the way to help solve those problems for different level learners. It’s useful for me to teach in the future and provide assistance for different students.

 

In addition, I really liked the way Alice wanted us to present in the class because we just got books and questions, and then we discussed and shared to integrate and complete the whole idea. It was interesting and trained our cooperation within groups. I also liked the activity that one person goes to read and memorize the sentence, and another listens and writes it down. It trained our listening, speaking, writing and memory. I did the activity for my elementary students with simple sentence, and they love it!    

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Assignment (LessonPlan)

April 28, 2008

My reflection on lesson plan

 

I think a lesson plan provides a teacher to prepare and think about what the class is going to be taught before teaching. Also, a lesson plan gives a teacher a clear guidance and steps to remind him or her whole structure of the class. In this way, a teacher won’t be lost or stray form the main goal of the class.

 

In a lesson plan, I think the main purpose should be mention first. When we get the main purpose we want to achieve, then we know what elements we can add to the lesson plan, such as activities, time management, evaluation, etc. When we clearly know the steps and the whole procedures of the class, we will be more confident and can handle the class better than not having a lesson plan. Therefore, making a lesson plan is important for teachers. A good lesson plan will makes good teaching. However, it doesn’t mean that we need to put any tiny things in a lesson plan and totally follow it because there are always emergency in class. We still need to transfer it with what the class goes.

 

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Lesson Plan

March 18, 2008

Lesson Plan (Sam-min, Unit1 Images of Animals, Book1) 

1.      Lesson: Unit 1 Images of Animals

2.      Purpose:

(1)   Understand the images of animals and know better

about them in using language.

(2)   Learn to describe animals, and then know more

about the key to describe something.

(3)   Know the sentence patterns: 

(1) Vt + DO + prep. + IO = Vt + IO + DO

       (2) It seems that S+V = S seem(s) to +V

 

(4)   Practice how to form a paragraph with the correct

 format.

3.      Time: 6 classes

4.      Equipment: textbook, computer, handouts, CD player,

blackboard

1st class

Time   Procedure Material

10 min

Warm-up

1. Form groups

2. Do the “warm-up” on the text book.

3. Share other images they can think about these pictures on page3 with group members.

Text Book

20 min

Activity І

1. Each group discusses three to five animals and describes their images.

2. Share their group discussion with the whole class, and try to find some interesting images.

Worksheet1

20 min

Activity II

1.      Give few idioms related to animals on PPT, and ask students to discuss what they mean and why they used in that way.

2.      Teacher explains the correct meaning and uses of the idioms.

PPT.

Assignment

Each group prepares few words, idioms and phrases and looks them up on the dictionary, including the pronunciation, uses and examples, then share with the class next time.

2nd class
Time Procedure Material

35min

Vocabulary

Students go on the stage to share what they found on those new words, idioms and phrases.

 

15min

Vocabulary

1.      Teacher reads the new words and students read together.

2.      Teacher adds more information.

Text Book

1.      Prepare for the quiz of vocabulary, idiom and phrase.

 

3rd class
Time Procedure Material

10min

quiz.

Quiz sheet

25min

Sentence Patterns

Teach sentence patterns.

Handout1

15min

Sentence Patterns

Do the exercise of sentence patterns in the text book.

Text Book

Assignment

1.      Review the sentence patterns.

2.      Preview the reading, and underline the sentences which are the same pattern with what they learned today.

4th class
Time Procedure Material

10min

Worm up

1.      Form groups.

2.      Teacher prepares few words, idioms and phrase, and then asks students to draw lots to make a sentence. Each sentence gets different points, and the group which gets the highest points is the winner who can get candies. 

Lots

Candies

5min

Reading

Teacher read each paragraph and students read together.

Text Book

35min

Reading

Give students the handout which is the reading context with blanket. Students have to fill in the blank when listening to the teacher.

Handout2

Assignment

Mark the important sentences and points on the text book.

Prepare the quiz of grammar used in the reading

5th Class
Time Procedure Material

10 min

quize

Quiz sheet

15 min

Discussion

Form groups and choose some animals to describe students themselves, their friends or their family. Then, each group share one with the class.

 

20 min

Listening

1.      Each student gets the pictures about the animal on p17. Listen to each paragraph and find the right picture to stick on it.

2.      Show the whole sentences to students and make sure the answers.

CD player

Worksheet2

5 min

Listening

After reading those sentences, listen again.

Assignment

Try to find some information that you are interested in.

 

6th Class
Time   Procedure Material

15 min

Paragraph

Introduce how to form a paragraph, and the correct format.

PPT

10 min

Paragraph

Compare the better paragraph and the worse one.

Find false on the paragraph.

PPT

15 min

Paragraph writing

Students use the information they get to write a paragraph about an animal.

Student’s homework

10 min

Feedback

Students share their writing with each other and give feedback.

 

Assignment

Prepare for the quiz of unit1

Rewrite the paragraph after getting feedback.

   

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Assignment (ICT)

March 17, 2008

My feedback and reflection of ICT lessions  

 After 2-week ICT lessons, I truly know more about ICT in teaching. Before the class, I just know little about the ICT, or the traditional way used in teaching and learning. The introduction of ICT makes me realized that ICT can be used in varied ways which contribute flexible and effective learning opportunities to students, such as the use of PPT shown from Alice impressed me a lot. Before that, I haven’t seen anyone use PPT in that way to teach English.

 

The idea surprised me and reminded me that imagination and creativity in teaching are necessary. I believe that a teacher who can make good use of ICT will bring brand new learning experience for students, and that’s what I want to know and need to learn. I expect I can keep all these things in my mind and create my own way using ICT in my teaching when I became a teacher!