2011 m. kovo 26 d., šeštadienis

Practice Report

In Vilnius Radvilų Gymnasium we were seven members of practice group: Evelina Brusokaitė, Raimonda Vilkaitytė, Sandra Purvaneckaitė,Tomas Jelisejev, Neringa Telksnytė, Ingrida Karpuškaitė and Agnė Radionovaitė. We had four practice teachers: Ramunėlė Šiaulianskienė, Vilija Ramonienė, Vaida Galkontaitė and Dalius Vyšniauskas. We had from the 1st to 4th gymnasium classes (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4c (b level)). All trainees had from 9 to 12 lessons a week. During our teaching practice we were working from Solutions, Enterprise and First Certificate Expert books. New technologies were also implied in the lessons such as a record - player, computers, projectors, the internet and so on.
 Regarding the fact that our school was gymnasium, the proficiency of students was expected to be more or less advanced. We all had different classes (from 1st to 4th gymnasium classes). The level differed in every class. For example, Neringa and Ingrida had 4th class students but the level was low. Students were in level B and the general level of proficiency was quite poor. In contrast, the class 1a was a very strong one. The students` general level was not intermediate but remained an advanced one. The majority of students mastered the target language in all spheres (reading, writing, listening, speaking).Therefore, the level of proficiency different in every class. Besides the general level, the level differed within the class as well. There were students who could even hardly read, and there were students whose English was fluent and perfect within the same class. So, it was difficult to draw the general level of proficiency in Radvilų gymnasium.
 We have decided that one of the main linguistic aims is to enable students to acquire basic language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing). We tried to realise every aspect and make the lessons various and interesting. Another aim is to pay more attention to the English language usage than concentrating on the native language. We tried to speak in English as much as it was possible, for instance, in teaching activities we used only English language and encouraged students to use it as well, but when we were explaining grammar rules, so we explained it in English and then provided the explanation in the native language.
On the subject of class organization, so we had to plan carefully our lessons in order to run a smooth classroom. Also, we had to prepare extra handouts and think how to present them clearly and interesting because students pay attention to the instructions. It was important to present teaching procedures so that it would be clear to students what our requirements were. We set the ordinary rules to students, for example, when the lesson start students have to be in their seats ready to work or to show their homework so that we can mark. The aids that we used were visual (blackboard, handouts) and audio-aids.
We think that the most successful in our teaching were handouts (or additional activities). We provided various activities that were new to students. We frequently started our lessons with warming-up activities which were evaluated by students as interesting. Learners were engaged by these activities. Sometimes we felt that working in groups were not successful as we expected because not all the students were motivated to work, even if they were asked to join their group. 
English teachers in Vilnius Radvilų gymnasium teach from two different books: „First Certificate Expert“, “Enterprise” and „Solutions“. First book is upper- intermediate level, the second one - intermediate and the last one- intermediate.

“First Certificate Expert”

This book deals with all of the four skills.

It consists of all three stages of teaching: The Activating stage involves preparing for new learning (an introductory stage). The Acquiring stage develops new learning (the critical stage). The Applying stage involves deepening what was learned by engaging students in complex tasks at a later time.

Forth formers in B level are also taught from this book. In this case this book seems to be inappropriate and too difficult. Teacher has to adapt the material for every single lesson.

For stronger students this book is appropriate. However, additional materials are often needed (grammar rules or activities).

“Solutions”

This book deals with all of the four skills and consists of all three stages of teaching.

This book is clear and appropriate for students. Variety of activities helps students to learn English language in a fun way.
During our pedagogical practice we had a chance to see what personal qualities we have in order to be good teachers, but also we find out which fields of skill in teaching we need to strengthen too. First of all, we need to be better at explaining things, because sometimes it was quite difficult to explain clearly grammar rules and some instructions to the students. Second, we have to be better managers of time, because time is very precious thing during the lesson and a good teacher has to know how to use it wisely. And one more quality which we want to strengthen in order to handle teaching is to be more patient: always patiently explain unknown things and never scream or yell at the students even though they try to provoke your emotions. 
Finally, after the review of the whole teaching practice, we offer our pieces of advice to the English Department. Even though, we are already in the fourth course, we were scared to appear in front of the class for the first time. We think that the practice itself should start from the first course in order to see what the matter is “working at school”. We think that to the majority of us it would help to understand if we want to be teachers or not. Speaking about the knowledge of English grammar and other technical things, for example, how to teach, we were satisfied; however we lacked knowledge about the classroom management (we needed to discuss more real-life situations which happen at a school). Also, we think we have to do too many paper-works. It is more useful to prepare for the lessons than to write reports.
All of us are satisfied with the mentors we had. They contributed to our good results, shared with us their experiences and helped us to prepare for the lessons.

Lesson Plan 2011 - 02 - 23

Teacher: Vilija Ramonienė                                                                                                                                                           Date: 2011-02-23
Class: 2b
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Education
Aims: 1) To get familiar with the education vocabulary                                                                                                                                                         2) To practice speaking skills on the topic
           3) To develop listening comprehension on the topic
           4) To develop reading skills
Materials: Enterprise intermediate coursebooks


Time /
Interaction
Stage
Teacher activities
Students activities
Objectives
Unexpected problems and solutions
1min
Warm-up
Greets the students. Asks how they are. Do they have any great news?
Answer to the questions.
To prepare students for the class work and to start the lesson with a good mood.

5min
Checking homework

1)      Checks homework from coursebooks three exercises.
2)      Explain unclear cases
1)      Check the exercises, correct the mistakes.
2)  Actively answers to teacher’s questions.
To revise grammar units form the units 7-9.
If a student is not prepared for the lesson, he/she gets 1 in the daybook.
13min
Lead - in
1)      Asks students questions about the pictures in their books.
2)      Asks to listen to the recording and fill the gaps with the active words.
1)      Answer to the questions. Discuss.
2)      Listen, fill the gaps.
1)      Brainstorm for ideas/opinions about education
2)      Listen for specific information to get an idea of text content.
10min
Reading
 Asks to read a text and to complete gaps with the sentences from A-H which were removed from the text.
Work individually.
Check with a class.
Identify links between sentences/paragraphs; use textual references to fill in missing parts of text.
15min
Language development
1)      Asks to try to explain the meaning of the words in bold in the text from the context.
2)      Asks to fill in the correct word(s).
3)      Asks to fill in the correct word(s) to make collocations.
4)      Asks to underline the correct item
Do the tasks individually. Check as a class.
1)      Deduce the meaning of words from context
2)      Identify alternative words/expressions
3)      Match words in collocations.
4)      Choose between commonly confused words
1min
Setting homework
Exercises from the coursebooks.
Note down the homework.




Student-teacher: Evelina Brusokaitė




Lesson Plan 2011 - 02 - 22

Teacher: Vilija Ramonienė                                                                                                                                                            Date: 2011-02-22
Class: 1a
Level: Intermediate
 Topic: The human body                                                           
Aims: 1) Students will be able to talk about injuries and illness                                                                           2) Students will learn words related with parts of the body and idioms with parts of the body
           3) Students will develop listening skills for gist and specific information
           Materials: Solutions student books

Time /
Interaction
Stage
Teacher activities
Students activities
Objectives
Unexpected problems and solutions
1min
Greeting
Asks students how are they, do they have any great news and checks the attendance.
Answer to the questions.
To make a warm atmosphere in the class.

4min
Checking homework
1)      Checks homework from the workbooks
2)      Explains unclear cases.

1)      Check the crossword that they had to fill in.
2)      Actively answers to teacher’s questions.

To revise active words from module 3. It is for self – check.
If a student is not prepared for the lesson, he/she gets 1 in the daybook.
3min
Lead - in
Tells students that topic of today’s lesson is the human body.  Tells students that are going to start by doing a mini – quiz to find out how much they know about the human body. Reads out the question for a mini - quiz.
Students have to write down the questions and possible answers and tounderline the correct answer.
To make a lead – in a new topic.
If students do nor know how to write one or another word, they are welcomed to ask a teacher for a help.
7min
Presentation
Translates the active words (parts of the body, inside the body, aches and pains, symptoms, illnesses) from the end of the workbooks.
Write down the translation, pronounce the words, mark the stress.
To get familiar with the active words, start learning them and to understand better the new topic.

10min
Practice
1)      Asks to match the parts of the body with the words in the box.
2)      Plays the recording to listen and check the answers.
3)      Asks to do the vocabulary builder for more practice.

Do the task individually, check while listening or check as a class.
To practice new vocabulary.

10min
Speaking
1)      Asks to describe a part of the body using one or more of the phrases they have learnt.
2)      Asks to ask and answer questions with ‘have you ever’ about the injuries.
1)      Describe a part of the body, classmates try to guess what a student is describing.
2)      Ask each other and answer. If the answer is ‘yes’, ask another question using the word brackets.
To develop the comprehension of new vocabulary. To develop spontaneous speaking on a new topic.

5min
Practice
Asks to complete the idioms with the words in the box. Then match them with the meanings (a-f).
Do the task individually, check as a class.
To learn idioms related with the parts of the body

5min
Listening
Asks students to listen to the dialogues and match each dialogue to an idiom they had in the exercise before.
Listen and match the dialogues with the idioms.
To check comprehension of the idioms.

1min
Setting homework
Asks to do the whole page from the workbooks according to the topic from the student books.
Note down




Student-teacher: Evelina Brusokaitė