Issues in EFL in Japan (Not currently being updated)

My name in James Hall and I teach an English Teaching Methodologies class for aspiring English teachers and advising 5 senior students (one is in the USA). This blog is will be used as a forum to discuss issued in EFL in Japan. This blog will also serve as a portal to the learners' blogs as I will periodically summarize the hot topics appearing in the learners' blogs. Please come join us!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Our Strengths and Weaknesses as English Teachers

In our final lesson, we met in the Iwate University Sculpture Garden and students shared lesson plans they had made based on a page of a junior high school English text book called New Horizon.
First, we met in the middle of the sculpture garden. Students made pairs and walked around the sculpture garden talking about each other's lesson plans. After 15 minutes, everyone returned to the center of the sculpture garden and we made new pairs. The pairs walked around the garden for another 15 minutes comparing lesson plans. The point of this excercise was for us to receive feedback on our lesson plans and also get ideas from our classmates. Students will begin their teaching practicum in 2 weeks!
After this exercise, I asked students to write about their strengths and weaknesses as language teachers. Here are the students who have written about the topic:
Happy Days
John Wang
Maruchan - Part 1
Maruchan - Part 2