Think of two different learning experiences in your life (not languages), one of which was successful and one of which was not.
List three main factors which made the experience successful or unsuccessful.
1. Realising that not all the details are essential
2. Staying calm even when others were not calm
3. Thinking through the situation in a calm manner
1. Doubting the right thoughts, in light of negativity from others
2. Believing the negativity
3. Settling for the easy option, knowing it was not the best
Now think of your own experience as a learner of languages at school or elsewhere. What conclusions would you draw as regards what makes a good language lesson? Write a minimum of 100 words.
A good language lesson is not easy to deliver. A good language lesson is provided by a teacher who is flexible and adaptable, to suit the needs of each learner. Such a teacher must grow to be diligent and reflective.
The teacher's diligence will call for utmost patience when planning and delivering the lesson. It will also call for patience and endurance with the students throughout the lesson. Empathy will be required by the teacher, towards the students, allowing each individual to develop their learning through their classroom and out-of-classroom interaction with English speakers, those who are learning English and when they are alone revising and practising English Language.
The teacher will thus be required to remain calm throughout the teaching practice. That is, even if the students become worried that English is too difficult for them. Indeed, even if every student believes there is no way they will be able to complete the first goal of the English Language lesson – let alone the goals and objectives of the entire lesson.
To maintain a good lesson, the teacher is required to model and demonstrate hope within the lesson. For example, the teacher should provide students with successful examples which demonstrate particular aspects of the lesson. The teacher should then patiently and calmly guide the students, with much care and enthusiasm, along the path of successful English Language learning.
A good lesson also includes the teacher allowing the students to admit their concerns, if they have any, regarding learning English. However, the teacher must ensure that he or she provides the students with realistic and viable options which they can utilize to overcome their negative thoughts. The teacher must also work to build the path of successful educational development, through which the thoughts and actions of the students can evolve from being deeply negative, to being absolutely hopeful and thus successful.
A good lesson should challenge students in their learning and development. The lesson should therefore consist of easy to advanced questions/tasks (for their level) of learning. Fore example, an intermediate lesson should consist of activities which cause the students to consider basic to intermediate grammar, with a few upper-intermediate level questions.
As long as the challenge is not overwhelming and carefully explained, the students will be able to attempt each question without feeling like failures from the start. The modelling of the teacher would allow the students to grow in the confidence to attempt each answer in an orderly manner, believing that all things are possible, if they try their best.