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Observation Table, Task 1: Reasons for speaking in the classroom

Class: 4/1

Number of learners: 30

Length of lesson: 45 minutes.


(English teacher).

Teacher observed: Ms. Aisha Algfli

Language Learning Goals:


By the end of the lesson the student will be able to identify traditions in different
countries.
Materials used: Flash cards and Learner book.
Reason for speaking
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

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Learner repeats word(s) after teacher


- (whole class together)
Learner repeats word(s) after teacher
- (group / pair together)
Learner repeats word / phrase after teacher
- (individual )
Learner answers direct question from teacher
Learner answers open question from teacher
Learner asks teacher a question
Learner answers a partner in English
- (pair/ group work activity)
Learner answers a partner in Arabic
- (pair/ group work activity)
Learner speaks to the teacher informally
- (Add E for English; A for Arabic)
Other reason(s) for speaking

Learner
A

Learner
B

Learner
C

E
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A
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After the Observation


Write your answers in the boxes:
What was the most common reason for speaking?
When the teacher ask them to repeat words.

What was the least common reason for speaking?


Direct questions from the teacher.

Were there any boxes with no ticks?


No

How much of the lesson was spent on the teacher using Teacher Talk, in your
opinion?
More than half of the lesson.

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Do you feel it was too much / too little / just the right amount of talk? Why / Why not?
I feel its too much teacher centre because the teacher talk more than the students and they
don't have enough opportunities to speak and share their opinions or practice the new
language.

What do you think is an appropriate sequence of interaction patterns?


I don't think that I have answer for this question.

Now consider how much Arabic was used. Do you think it was used appropriately?
Why? / Why not?
I think the number of the arabic words that the teacher has used is appropriate and she
used no more than two arabic words in order to translate the words because some students
don't understand what the word mean exactly.

Reflection:
Talking in the classroom is the basic of successful learning and teaching
process, it's very important for both teachers and students, talking may come
in many different ways. For example for the teacher he can talk in the class but
some times teacher have to less speaking to give the students the opportunity
to talk and share their ideas or interests it also make them feel more
comfortable in the class when they feel free to talk, doing that will improve the
listening and speaking skills for the students.
Aldous Huxley once wrote, Language has made possible mans progress from
animality to civilization (Huxley,1958)(p.167).