Class Demonstration Project, Week 6

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Class Demonstration Project, Week 6

We have a big challenge in this week. Two friends and I design one English class for class demonstration in high school by next week. Firstly, we contact the teacher who teaches in that class to ensure our teaching context is appropriate and suitable for their learning level of English. We are also asked to make comprehensive analysis about students’ learning backgrounds and limitations before design the formal class syllabus. In this part, we will have our analysis and draft reviewed and corrected by the professor who in charge of supervising every teaching group with different subjects for class demonstration. For me I am kind of nervous due to I have less teaching experiences among them. By that day, we will take turns to teach one by one with equal time given and under nearly 30 students (7 grades), one formal teacher, one professor and us. Though both of them, my partners are brilliant experienced teachers, we still have meetings once a week to exchange ideas to modify our draft of project for better class.

In the Analysis part, we analyze or assume students’ learning capacity of English, attitudes, motivations, misunderstandings (myth), learning skills(Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing), and their preference of learning style and self-learning resources. All of assumptions and considerations below we suggested below are based on their age /grade and government’s educational standards.

1. Student’s learning capacity and level of English

In their learning background before 7 grades (non-native speaker), they are already capable to make the simple sentences, answer the questions and describe the expressions briefly under instructions. With understanding of reading, they can use at least basic 1200 words and read short stories according to government’s educational standards including the application of nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, auxiliaries, and singular/plural. With understandings of listening and speaking, they are able to have simple conversations, greetings and give/ receive short messages

Sentence Example in 7 grades capacity:

1) Would you please (come here/ clean the blackboard)?

2) May I …? Yes, please.

3) What are these/ those? They are (tigers).

4) What do you like/ need/ want?

5) What time is it?

6) What color is it? It’s (red) .

7) Can you (do/ draw/ read? (I can do/ draw/ read.)

8) Where is your book?

9) It is in/ on/ by the table.

10) Where are (the books)?

2. Misunderstanding

First, in the Phonics of English, students may have different learning experiences about the way of pronunciation and spelling, such as American natural phonetic alphabet, the IPA symbols of English segments or other else(Chinese Pinyin).

Second, some students could recognize the English words (in reading) but they could not use them (writing or speaking).

3. Attitudes and motivations

To those low-performing students in class, they may feel frustrated and helpless or with less motivation to English class.

4.Students preference of learning style and activities

Based on spiral learning structure (Bruner’s spiral curriculum), students are given chances to integrate skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing systematically in classroom as well as in real life. With authentic, functional teaching approaches, students are given motivations to learn real communications and context practices though activities, games, role-play, English songs and contests.

For technology use, except traditional tape and CD for listening practice, teachers are encouraged to use internet, online video, projectors to make teaching more attractive and creative.

For extra English improving resources, students can learn more wide range of English though Internet, magazines, movies, novels or handouts.

For student learning circumstances, students are suggested to work in groups and in the way of Learning Community in order to stimulate unexpected ideas and reach efficiency and effectiveness though cooperation . (appirio)

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