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 micro-teaching lesson that Margarita and I presented main focus was on how to consider second language learners (L2) age when designing lesson plans. In specific, how to design a lesson plan appropriate to L2 learners age. According to Cook, age plays an important role for L2 learners; especially, if the lesson is not age appropriate you can lose your students interest. Cook mentions “children are popularly believed to be better at learning second language than adults.” (Cook, 2008, p.147). As well as, “at particular ages students prefer particular methods” (Cook, 2008, p.149). In general, one must adjust their lesson plan to fit their students learning styles and needs. Taken this into account a micro-teaching lesson revolving around a music video that is quite known and age appropriate to L2 adolescence learners was designed. After the video students will work in pairs and will be asked to describe themselves and their classmates using the new vocabulary words presented to them. The new vocabulary will consist of descriptive adjectives and the usage of the verb “ser”. One believes the goal of the lesson was met because due to the students age, they would be able to relate to the song and expand their vocabulary and L2 skills. In specific, the song sends a special message to teenagers to accept themselves for who they are without seeking approval from others. In fact, one avoided using role play and activities were L2 learner did not feel comfortable participating in which can help the lesson goal to be reached. Differentiated instruction was applied by providing the new vocabulary with emoji images where students whom are visual learners will be able to learn the new vocabulary easily. Extra support and time could be given to those students who need the extra assistance. Lastly, one incorporated some culture with the music video. While watching the music video, students will be able to see the different neighborhoods in which the little girl is traveling through. However, one could have chosen a different music video where the main focused was the diverse group of countries and their culture within the video. In general, one could have found different and more effective ways to incorporate culture in their lesson. (372)