I choose the alien game to teach present simple tense, which is retrieved from the book…
I choose the alien game to teach present simple tense, which is retrieved from the book "Elementary Grammer Games". My target students are set to be junior high students. This is an intereting game I think. It's kind of like a role play game: The whole class is divided into several groups with 8 people in each one. Evey group would get a set of cards and evey group member would get two cards that are different from other members'. There would be a planet card, which records the identity of the student and his information (students pretend that they all are aliens and live on some exotic planets), and an inhabitant card, on which a picture of eccentric look alien is drawn and by which students need to figure out that the strange visitor they receive is of what planet. My goal is to teach the use of present tense, that is, to express a truth or fact, or a normal status. I would arrange the game before I teach the grammar. However, I would teach some sentence pattern for using in the game. (Ex. I get an alien. Where does it come from? Does it have heads and __ legs?) I would also write down those sentence on the board. Through practicing the dialogue using present tense sentence, students need to find out all the names of the planets in that space and the identity of their aliens. Also, to correct the teaching, I would do a brief demo to show the class how to play the game before they start their own. However, I probably would consider to reduce the part of alien to make sure that the course could be completed in time. After the game, I would teach the grammar. That's all my idea about this teaching material.
... During the lecture of this week, we discussed more approaches to adapting the senior and junio…
During the lecture of this week, we discussed more approaches to adapting the senior and junior high course books and how to make good use of them. However, what interested more is the point that the teacher mentioned in class. In the past, I used to doubt my ability to teach English to students because I am not an English native speaker. I was extremely afraid that students may ask questions that I could not answer immediately, which may undermine their trust of me. If a teacher is suspected by students of his or her profession, it is very likely that students will gradually become unwilling to listen to the teacher's lecture. Therefore, going abroad for further study seemed to be the only way that can ease my anxiousness in the past. However, after hearing of the fact that the proficiency level of an ESL teacher is not that bad as I used to think, I feel much better and more confident of my own. Although there is still a long way to go and a lot to learn before I can eventually become a more professional teacher, the prospect of being a teacher seems not so far away from me any more.
In addition to what I mentioned above, there is a severe bully event on news recently. Actually, one of the reasons why I prefer to teacher students in senior high schools rather than junior high schools is that I have no confidence in dealing with bullies that happen a lot in junior high. Since the junior high that I attended is quite similar to that on the news(though the bullies were not that serious), I have seen several these kinds of events. I am neither experienced enough nor patient enough; therefore, for me now, it is not easy to stand in the shoes of the students who are "abandoned by the society." I am not sure whether I can be more skilled in coping with students' affairs except their schoolwork in the future, but I will still try my best. After all, to arouse students' motivation is one of the most vital concern of being a teacher.
When you are teaching a new idea, you should give the students some first-hand, simple…
When you are teaching a new idea, you should give the students some first-hand, simple knowledge of the idea first. Therefore, the students won't feel like they are learning Greek, something that's totally unfamiliar to them. Take today's "teaching reading" for example. Our team choose an article about the Flora expo in Taipei. The article is filled with information about when, where, and how is the Flora expo going to be. When I first read it, I was a little confused because they were too much numbers, place names, and too full of information. But if the teacher can provide some basic introduction before asking the students to read the article, the students may not feel that confused. So our group decided to that at the very beginning of the class, the teacher will let the students watch a short clip of the Flora expo, so as to build "schema."
... 12/17 Reflection
Today we discussed a question that I am quite interested in, which is - Doe…
Today we discussed a question that I am quite interested in, which is - Does it really matters that if the English teacher is not a native speaker? I have noticed that English cram schools for children always like to use foreign teachers, but they do not care about the educated level of teachers. I had once studied in an English cram school when I was at elementary school. The foreign teacher was from Australia and he had a very strong accent. Students can merely understand what he says and I did not think he was a good English at all due to his lack of teaching method. And I did not think he actually understand the level of us. I think it is better to use Taiwan teacher to teach children English because they will know much better about the situation or level of students. It hard for foreign to think about students' levels in Taiwan since they did not experience the period in Taiwan or they should have abundant experiences and are very sensitive about students' conditions. Though the accent of Taiwan teachers may not be as good as native speakers, I think the most important way to cultivate nature accent is to put students in the right environment. Some of the highly well-educated professors still have accent, so that's not about whether their teachers are native speakers or not. Once being put in the proper place such as America, England or New Zealand for couples of year and then a naturer accent can be brought up automatically.
Angel's Growth =)
I have never really given much thought to how a teacher can teach his student. Thoug…
I have never really given much thought to how a teacher can teach his student. Though I was taught differently when I went to the US in third and fourth grade, after I came back to Taiwan, I just went right back to the traditional language teaching. Sure, language (English) classes were quite boring, especially in senior high, but I thought it was normal for the teachers to teach that way. It wasn’t until I came to this class that I realize that the method the teachers were using was called “Grammar Translation Method.” Having been in America for almost two years, I agree with language acquisition. In an environment without people who can speak your mother tongue, you have to force yourself to speak the language you’re learning in order to fulfill your needs. When I was an assistant counselor at YMCA English Camp, I realized that the goal of the camp was to create an environment where the students had to use English as their first language. We were supposed to speak all English, even when talking to other counselors. I loved the atmosphere. If I were an English teacher, I would try my best to increase my students’ exposure to the language. As an active person, I enjoy learning while having fun. Therefore, I would like to add more activities while learning, making it fun for my students.
Today we learned about how to plan a lesson. In planning a lesson, there are some important features. The first thing we should know is what our target is. If we want our students to progress, we need to keep a list of what our students have learned so that the lessons would not repeat. Also, I think it' very important to prepare an extra exercise in advance in case the class ends sooner than planned. When I was the assistant councelor at YMCA, we had to face this kind of problem quite often. Usually, the foreign teachers finished the class earlier and so we had extra time to do things. However, without preparing any activity beforehand, we kind of panic and could not come up with something fun for our students. After a few times though, we would review what they learned that day and play a little game so that they can earn tokens (it's a little reward).
We also discussed how to make junior high textbooks more interesting. In my opinion, I believe every teacher has the potential to come up with a creative lesson. It's the reality that makes it hard (and a little impossible) for teachers to teach that way. They have the pressure of helping students receive higher grades and get into good senior high schools. Perhaps only English cram schools for kids in elementary schools can teach that way.