Monday, May 30, 2005

Junior high school grammar

As a student, be Verb and Auxiliary were easiest for me. That's because there are only three changes, is, am, and are, in be Verb. It was easy for me to memorize. Also, it is easy to change into interrogative sentence and negative sentence. And this can be said about Auxiliary, too.
On the other hand, Relative Pronounts was difficult for me to understand. What is Relative Pronounts? What is antecedent? I couldn't understand what these words mean. Furthermore, there are many grammatical rules to learn. Can we use that instead of which? When should we use whom? I was very confused.
As a teacher, what I have confidence in teaching is 3 Person Present Singular Verb. When I worked in cram school, I found how to teach. Some students think it is difficult to memorize. However, once they have found the rule, it will be easy for them to understand. There are only a few rules. On the other hand, Relative Pronounts and Participle will be difficult for me to teach. That's because they are quite different from Japanese grammar. In Japanese, a word is modified by the front words. But in English, a word is modified by following words using Relative Pronounts and Adjectival Modifying Clauses. Therefore, I think it will be difficult.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Reflection on Sniffle's Lesson

First of all, their lesson was very good. I thought it was good to make chart, paper coins and paper hamburgers. Students can understand easily. And they can enjoy the class learning vocaburaly. Furthermore, what I was most impressed was they made large and small colas for comparison. I t is very important. Students can surely understand the real meaning of the word by comparing. However I think it is better to put the paper coins or paper hamburgers on blackboard. It will become easier for students to see.
And their pronunciation were so good. I felt /th/ and /r/ were perfect. But I think it would become better if they said some numbers slowly. Some numbers mean the ones which are difficult to pronounce like "thirteen."
Last of all, I thought it was so good that they said "Yes." or "Good." after the students answered

Thursday, May 12, 2005

May 12 ~About the lesson~

I agree with the the way to teach vocabulary talking about pictures or charts. In the last class (we were taught Spanish), using charts made input comprehensible. If there were only sentences or words, perhaps we would have been bored. I think the teachers should write things which attract students on the blackboard. So, talking about pictures or charts is very helpful. Also, it is easier for teachers to teach vocabulary through input. And, I think it is also good way to teach using total physical response. The lesson Mr. Hall taught us vocabulary in Spanish we touching our own bodies, was very fun. To move is important. Students will never come to sleep or be bored, and they will be able to enjoy. Therefore they can learn vocabulary easier, and they can learn them by binding.
However I don't agree with the way to teach using students as example. Some students don't like to appear in front of other students. Especially, Japanese tend to hate it. So do I. If the teacher knows everything (their character, favorite things, something hateful etc.) about his or her students, it might be good way to teach vocabulary using students as example. But I think it is difficult to know such things. Thus, I don't agree with that.