Think reflectively about the micro-teaching lesson that you and your partner created and presented in class. Then, write a blog (300-350 words approx.) that responds to the following three key questions: why you think that this lesson met the goals (as to the individual differences in L2 learners; cf. Cook, 2008), what you would have done differently due to differentiating instruction reasons, and how you would have incorporated more culture into it.
In order to earn full credit for this blog, you must also leave at least two comments (100-150 words each) on your peers’ posts. Please take the time to read what they wrote – you’ll find that you often have similar reactions to the teaching experience, and can help one another a great deal through this first semester!
For personal blog: Monday, October 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m.
For two comments: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59 p.m.
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The microteaching lesson that my partner Gloria and I made had as a topic greeting each other as well as saying goodbye in the target language. The lesson addressed level one students, and it had as a focus personality traits in L2 learning. According to Cook, personalities have a significant impact on learning an L2. There is a belief that extroverts acquire language easier than introverts. Therefore, our activities needed to be designed to provide the same opportunities for students with different personalities. We believe that we got students attention by showing them videos of people in real life settings because they offered meaningful input. By showing these videos, the cultural part was successfully covered.
For the first activity, we had prepared a set of questions for students to answer after listening to the video. The class activity was straightforward, fitted for level one students. Students easily answer the questions. I think that we made a mistake, we should have divided the class into two groups introverts and extroverts so we could see the different reactions of students. The goal of the second activity was for students to create oral responses. We showed them pictures of people, and their task was to greet these people using the examples they had listened to in the videos. What we tried to do here is to take students of their comfort zone and make them produced oral input. We fail to provide one more activity, in the future we need to be more careful about it. We probably could have done what margarita said and used the same pictures but a different way. Also, another observation for us was that the presentation had culture but lacked grammar instruction. In the future, we need to pay close attention to the details and take into account the observations made in class to create a more balanced presentation. (312)
One can say that your presentation was great. You promised lots of grammar based culture. For example the video itself was a great way for students to discover the different types of linguistic language around the world. That video that you presented really helped your presentation. Talking about the different ways people agree with each other really helped your theory. Because many students come from around the world. This really help promote plenty of culture.I do believe that you should promote more grammar into your lesson and more binding which is very important for us L2 teacher candidates, but overall you and Gloria did a fascinating job.
The lesson plan Gloria and you presented was very interesting. You fulfilled the approach of Register: formality and informality by showing the 2 videos where some native Spanish speakers of different countries show different ways to express greetings and farewells in Spanish. That shows that when talking Spanish language, there are two types of conversation: Formal and informal. I liked the activity where you asked the student what they caught from the video such as the new phrases and the countries where the speakers come from. That is a way to catch students' interests. Since this teaching slice was just a presentation of a lesson plan and not the lesson itself, it had to be explained in English and not in Spanish. Overall, I enjoyed your presentation. Congratulations.
The ideas that were presented in class were incredible. As Cook states, many students learn differently and have different techniques of learning the concept differently. As it is stated, dividing the class between introverts and extroverts’ learners could have also been a great idea. However, one must keep in mind that educators want to differentiate the unit, but never compare students based on their learning. When it came to demonstrating culture in your lesson, the video that was displayed was excellent. It showed the different nationalities, dialects and different ways one says hello and goodbye. Perhaps, one could have focused on two countries, since one does not want to confuse students.
You and Gloria did a nice presentation. In the mini-lesson you were able to incorporate culture, contrast, communication, and community. Through the visualization of the video and the pictures you were able to differentiate the lesson. Also, the implementation of linguistic variation contributes to understand better the new input in the TL, in which students will be exposed to use formal and informal greeting in the TL. Also, students will have the opportunity to learn how to greet in different ways in the TL. Also, you were able to explain your topic. However, in the future, you and Gloria could incorporate more activities to motivate and engage students.(108)
The lesson plan presented to the class consisted of a one day lesson plan, with three parts, which include production, practice, and presentation. The theory that was given was motivation and attitude. According to Cook (2008), the teacher must find different ways to motivate the students to learn and speak the L2. On the other side, their is the attitude, this tells us according to Cook, on the how the students react to it, as well as the teacher. How the teacher presents the lesson. One can say that the lesson met with the goals. The reason is because the lesson was about famous people’s jobs. This will motivate the students to work hard, and be inspired by them, telling them that they can do the same. The video that was presented also had information that made the famous people look fascinating. The work was mostly, grammar based. Students become motivated to learn this type of grammar, so that they may be able to communicate it verbally outside of the classroom, also for future jobs. The teachers attitude for this lesson must be enthusiastic, saying, “if they can do it, so can you!” What could've been done differently for a differentiated student is include more images in the “worksheets,” in other words binding. A word for word interpretation of the video could have been given to the students. Another way could be simply be promoting more group work, and implicit teaching. It was clear that the lesson was done very explicitly, which not all the time is good. One can say that culture was deeply promoted in this lesson because it evolved around the topic of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it talked about famous hispanic people from around the world. Although that is the case, a video of Selena Quintanilla singing could've been a great way to promote culture. It didn't all have to be about Hispanic personalities, it could have also been about famous people from around the community that have inspired others. Overall, the goal was meant, and culture was expressed thoroughly. One can say it did motivate the students. (350 Words)
The presentation you and Oscar delivered was very successful, giving students the opportunity to learn about Hispanic personalities, who have accomplished so much was a great way to motivate students in classrooms. I like the video the various professions. You showed them variety: a judge and a singer. This type of videos gives teenagers the idea that they can be anything they want. The whole presentation was full of the cultural aspect. You had many activities so students could practice. You talked about showing a video of Selena singing, I was thinking maybe in the future it would be nice to present students with much younger singers so they could relate better. But other than that, excellent teamwork. (121)
Hi David, the lesson plan that you and Oscar created, in my opinion, was a real success. I liked that you and your partner Oscar, incorporated all the professions with the characters in a cartoon setting, it peeked my interest. In the presentation, you introduce to the students’ famous Latin figures such as Selena Quintana, Gabriel García Márquez and many others who rose to the top of their profession. This piece introduces the cultural part that you were conveying. While doing so you were able to seamlessly incorporate the lesson plan which focuses on the use of conjugated verbs. The practice exercises provided followed the core purpose, which was followed with the students working in pairs, which is a support mechanism that helps motivate each student. Everything was very clear and to the point. Overall, I was able to follow the lesson, of which both of you did an excellent job. (151 words)
I liked the topic and it was perfect timing to talk about famous Hispanic people during Hispanic Heritage month. The microteaching was motivating, therefore one can say it reached the goal according to the concept of motivation and aptitude. (Cook, 2008) I don't think that the lesson was explicit because you and Oscar introduced the grammar in an implicit way, I can maybe be wrong but you introduced your topic through culture, not through grammar explanations. I think you did a great team job. I agree with you another video could have been added and Selena could have been the perfect example of Spanish personality to promote culture. (105)
One of the many things that is important to the students is motivation. A big question is how does one provide motivation when teaching a Second Language (L2). One must remind students of the different opportunities that one may gain from learning an L2 such as; studying abroad, when traveling, having more job opportunities, being able to understand other cultures and so on. Based on the ideas that were present, showing students famous Hispanic people who have amazing jobs was a great way to motivate students. One thing one must be careful about is the age of the students, for one does not want to show people from times that students will not be able to relate; for this can lose the students motivation.
The mini lesson was based on ‘aptitude’. According to Krashen (1981a) suggests aptitude is important for ‘formal’ situations such as classrooms, and attitude is important for ‘informal’ real -world situations. Also, the Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) implements the following main factors: Phonemic coding ability, Grammatical sensitivity, Inductive language learning ability, and Rote learning. These four factors contribute in the students’ success in the acquisition of the target language in the classroom.
At the begging of the lesson, students were introduced to adjective of personality traits by using an audio video clip. Through the visualization of the audio video clip, students were exposed to pictures related to adjectives as well as to listening to phonological sounds of the words. Then students had to identify the adjective and write it under the picture while listening to the audio video clip. This activity promotes phonemic coding in which students were able to use phonetic script to distinguish phonemes in the target language. Peter Skehan (1986,1998).
Practice, students engaged into a cooperative learning approach in which students had the opportunity to participate into interpersonal conversation and discuss about the personal traits of five Hispanic singers from the pictures. Then students engaged into writing segment in which they had to fill in the black of the sentences the personal traits of each Hispanic singer. This activity promoted Grammatical sensitivity, whether the student can pick out grammatical functions in the sentence. (Carroll, 1981).
Productivity, students had the opportunity to work in pairs and talk about their personality traits. Then they had to write a self-descriptive poem. This activity promoted Inductive language learning ability in which students had the ability to generalize patterns from one sentence to another. (Carroll, 1981).
Overall, the objective of the lesson was met because the audio video clip and the writing material were of students’ interest and learning level. However, this lesson would be differentiated by implementing individualized video clip of different Hispanic people in which they describe their personalities traits. Though the visualization of the video clips, students would have a better understanding of the new input in the target language.
Your presentation was great. You did a very good job in connecting real life with class work. I like how you went outside of the school, to culturally visit the community. Showing a video really helped your presentation. It will allow for students to listen, and understand better the lexicon. The video contained sound and visuals which is great for a differentiated student. Although it was great, visuals are always necessary for any daily lesson plan. Even if it is just teaching grammar, visuals will really help the student. Overall, your presentation hit the theory, and would work well in a real life situation.