Lessons From The Classroom : Lessons Essay
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
Aristotle summed up well what the reflections that follow are about. The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course introduces many important lessons. However, the most significant ones are learnt by putting the theory into practice in the classroom:
1. My teaching strengths
To build a good rapport with the students I am learning to establish a fine relationship with them by listening well, keeping eye contact and by being inclusive and transparent. At the start of our first encounter I talked about my background, my family and my hobby. This worked well according to the feedback comment of Virginia McKay, my trainer.
I have also improved in the area of working with the format of the lesson plan. As stated by my trainer I am “describing the procedure of the lesson in sufficient detail” and succeeded in, “analysing language with attention to form, meaning and phonology and using correct terminology.” A good example of this is found in my grammar lesson on the subject of present habits.
Furthermore, I am developing positively in asking the students appropriate Concept Checking Questions (CCQ 's). When given the task to explain the phrase, “he was crazy about”, I asked them: “Is he bored? (No)”, “Does he hate it? (No)”, “Does he want it often? (Yes)” Other trainees agreed with my assessment during feedback time of…