Written Assignment 4 LESSON FROM THE CLASSROOM
Part A: Teaching strengths
CELTA is said to be a course primarily meant for those teachers who are goingto embark upon their teaching career. Generally young teachers tend to bemore flexible than the older ones. They are open to change themselves. Onthe other hand, experienced teachers often prefer to sticking to their oldmethods. Since I also had more than 20 twenty years of teaching experienceat my credit, it was quite difficult for me to unlearn some of the past methodsand relearn modern techniques and procedures to come up to the standardsthat CELTA has set for competent English language teachers. It was this pointthat Mr. Taufique, Head Trainer, impressed upon me during pre-CELTAinterview. He said to me, You are an experienced teacher and it will bedifficult for you to adapt yourself to the new methods and procedures. As Iwas determined to go for CELTA, I assured him that I would try my level best toshow the flexibility that was needed to be successful in the rigorous training.Now I feel fairly relieved that I demonstrated the amount of flexibility that wasneeded to sail through CELTA course. So I count this one of my strengths.Another point on which I feel I became gradually strong is the lesson planning.From my TP feedback, it is quite evident that most of the lesson were wellplanned and their execution in classroom, though not ideal, mostly achievedthe main and stage aims. Particularly, at elementary level, I showed a lot of progress. Generally, interaction pattern has also been satisfactory. In almostevery TP lesson, there was pair work and group work.While teaching at a university, most of my lectures were based onpresentations and as such my TTT was very high. Before I embarked uponCELTA I had never realized this fact though I always got a good reputation as ateacher. During the training, it was observed that this was the problem withevery trainee. The trainers and the observers launched a campaign to reduceTTT. Now I feel that not only I checked my TTT but also became a goodinvolver. Never ever before I had used games to stimulate the students. Neverever before I had done so much elicitation. ICQs and CCQs are some otherareas where we improved a lot. My first tutorial records in CELTA 5 show thatmostly I met the standard. My peers also made constructive criticism on everyTP lesson. In one of the TPs, one of my peers pointed out that 29 time I
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The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
I decided to take the CELTA because it seemed like a fairly easy way to make some money while I traveling. However, a mere month's exposure to teaching has given me the confidence to pursue teaching English as a serious career alternative, should I ever get sick of political antics and swindlers' conspiracies. All through my life, people told me I would make a decent teacher. Now, I believe it. I believe it because I have braved the utterly nerve-racking schedule of assignment submissions and lesson planning and teaching without falling apart. Though I…show more content…
Observing Porter in the first week of the class was a big bonus. He was so much at ease in class, so much at home. He made the students feel comfortable and involved his Advanced English students in the process of teaching and learning.
I worked hard on planning from the beginning and mostly produced solid plans. On June 2, Maureen mentioned that I had a very detailed lesson plan and good language analysis.
I adjusted well to the different levels of students within the class. When I was teaching elementary level classes, I made it a point to explain concepts to the weakier students and help them during the tasks if they had any difficulty. After Teaching Practice on June 26, my classmates who had observed me teaching commented that I had monitored weaker students like Carlos and Jessica well throughout the class.
I think I did well in class management from the beginning. I made sure I kept all students on their toes and working hard. From the first week, when Maureen commented that I managed my classes well, till the third week, when Gabi as well as my classmates commented that I taught a good lesson to one truant students - I think my class management skills have only improved.
From the beginning of Teaching Practice, both Maureen and Gabi commented that I successfully established a good rapport with the students. On the first day, Maureen wrote in my Teaching Practice Evaluation, "You established a nice rapport with the students, very