I had a teacher training in junior high school this summer, from August to September. My class is 3-5, consists of 35 students. I tauhght English for 3rd grade, 5 classes.
We use "NEW HORIZON English Course 3" textbook.
Reading Plus 1 A Mother's Lullaby (understanding of its content)
Writing Plus 2 詩―気持ちを自由に表現しよう (poem)
Multi Plus 3 留守番電話と伝言 (answer-phone & leave a message)
Unit 4 An American Rakugo-ka Starting Out (how to＋動詞の原形)
Unit 4 An American Rakugo-ka Dialog (It is～for 人 to＋動詞の原形)
My class is full of energy, but there are some shy students. This is natural. In class, some students raise their hand and present their opinions, but some others keep quiet. Every students like school events and work hard. While I do my teacher training, there are 2 big events. All the junior high school students of this city gather a studium, Track Meet. The another is school festival. My class work together and practice hard "Chorus".
Preparation of teacher training
Before I go to junior high school, I bought English textbooks. And I read again and again.
The important thing is making my mimd, because I heard a teacher training is hard.
Anyway I should peruse this textbook to teach English for students.
Beginning of teacher training
My teacher training started. First, I introduced myself to student. Students looked at me with their interests. First trouble was to remember student's names. But this problem gradually solved time went by. Because I communicated with students a lot.
The first one week, I watched English classes to study class situation, movememt of a teacher, response of students, and class mood. However the teacher teach same thing for students, the teacher should change class situation or mood several classes, I think, and the English teacher did so.
I taught English to 3rd grade of junior high school students using NEW HORIZON English Course 3 for 3 weeks. Each class has different faces. This is difficult to teach but interesting to watch objectively, because I can learn a lot of ways to teach English.
Usually a class consists of about 35 students, but in English class consists of 17-18 students, a half class. Because there are 2 English teachers for 3 grade. This has many good points, for example, students can present a lot, communicate together a lot with using English, a teacher can watch students' activities and find students' mistakes, and so on. However it has also bad points, for example, running of textbook will change.
Anyway the class consists 17-18 students is good, I think.Important things in my English class, ...Greetings:
The class begin with greetings and end with greetings.
"Good morning (afternoon), everyone!"
"How are you?"
"What day is it today?"
"What's the date today?"
"How's the weather?"
English greetings make English mood and draw students to English world.Goal:
Every class, every unit has goal. The goal should be interesting, because if students interested in it, they would be highly motivated.
It is important for students to learn English through their communication. They can learn English by using English, I think. So, students can acquire English pronunciation, accent and stress through their activities.Handout:
Handouts can help to confirm students' understanding. By using handout, a teacher also can see whether students' can understand or not.Reading:
Reading textbook is important, because students can understand the contents with their own voice. And this is one of good practice to learn English, I think.Team Teaching (TT)
I did a lot Team Teaching, and I could build up good relationship with ALT. Team Teaching has many good points, for example, we can see students each of them and take time to watch them. And students can learn native English pronunciation, cultures, customs, and so on. But Team Teaching has a big problem. ALT is not a tape recorder. Just repeat or read isn't make sense, is it? It is important for us to think how to exploit ALT teachers. And we should communicate with ALT a lot. Good relationship with ALT will make good class, I think.Finally, I really learned a lot from this teacher training. At the beginning of this teacher training, I didn't know what should I do, and I confused. But I noticed that communication is a best way to solve problems, make good relationship, and build up trusts with students. Students taught me.It is important for English teacher to have a lot of knowledge and skills, but most important thing is to communicate with students and understsand students. The teacher who can it is a good teacher, and this good relationship between a teacher and students can make good class, I think.I really had a great experience. I appreciate this junior high school teachers and students.Thank you.