For those that have been following the blog must have noticed that it hasn’t been updated recently. So where have I been? Unfortunately, I was so busy and focused on MA Assignments that I have left blogging for a month. Followers should expect further blog posts on articles about SLA, more book reviews, experiences of the DELTA-equivalent course (which I am doing at University as part of the MA course) as well as potential blog posts about the IATEFL in Brighton.
Nonetheless, this Spring Term at University, I am doing an “Advanced Teaching Practice” course (which is recognised as a DELTA equivalent qualification) as well as doing the “Principles & Practice of ELT”. The teaching practice module includes class observation and teaching practice. There are three of us on the course. By the end of the Spring Term, we would have to create and submit a teaching portfolio for the ten weeks of teaching practice/observations. The teaching portfolio includes the following:
- Introductory personal reflections: as a teacher, as an MA student, expectations, aims for the teaching practice etc. [approx. 500 words]
- Brief profile of the core learner group (age, L1, needs, background)
- Profile of one individual learner from the group in more detail [approx. 500 words]
- Lessons taught: all associated documentation from lesson planning, selected materials, feedback from tutors
- Reflective Evaluation for each lesson [approx. 500 words each]
- Observations: 1 peer observation (of TP lesson) plus 1 video observation
- Focus for observation and reasons
- Reflection on the outcomes and relevance to own teaching practice [approx. 500 words each observation]
Written overall summative self-evaluation and reflection [approx. 1000-1500 words]
With the teaching practice, there are various areas that is assessed or expected.
- a minimum of 5 hours must be taught and observed
- each class must comprise at least 6 adult learners of English
- each lesson must include a distinct focus on language systems (grammar, phonology and lexis) or a distinct focus on at least two of the four skills
- each lesson must have work on both systems and skills
- overall during the 5 hours, all systems and skills must be covered
- lesson content and aims to be discussed with TP tutor
- copies of lesson plan and teaching materials to be provided to TP tutor in advance of the lesson
- each lesson is assessed in terms of planning and teaching skills (see separate feedback forms and assessment criteria)
Course OutlineWeek 1: Course overview & ELT methods & methodologyWeek 2: Receptive skillsWeek 3: Productive skillsWeek 4: Teaching phonologyWeek 5: Teaching lexisWeek 6: Teaching grammarWeek 7: Computer-assisted language learningWeek 8: Testing and assessmentWeek 9: Teaching English as an International LanguageWeek 10: Current issues in ELT & term paper topics
Each week I shall be posting blog posts on the above areas in ELT. So expect a blog post about the ELT methods and methodology very soon.