5 things I learned from the class so far by Misuzu Kitazumi
1. Content and language objectives must be clearly stated, displayed and reviewed with students. And concepts must be appropriate for age and students' background.
- Preparation for supplementary materials should have extended, alternative and supportive text and handouts to help students to understand better. - Adaptation of content can be a great help too. - These can be activities to accommodate students, depending on student's proficiency and understanding of language practices. - Teachers must come up with meaningful activities so students will understand effectively.
2. Building background is important because it links to students' backgrounds and experiences Must have links to past learning! Emphasis on key vocabulary all the time!
Students can use their past life experiences and cultural background to relate new informations they are given. This includes their past learning experience from schools, communities, culture and life experiences. There are connection between vocab and achievement. Knowing vocabularies in context is the key for the better understanding.
3. Comprehensible input is very important! If students won't understand what teachers are saying, there will be no success.
3-1. Appropriate speech - Understandable speech rate for students' proficiency 3-2. Clear explanation of academic tasks. - So students would know exactly what they supposed to do, what they are responsible for. 3-3. A variety of techniques to make concepts clear - Hands on, experience base learning techniques are recommended
4. Metacognitive learning is highly important for students.
Students need to know how to think for themselves, be proactive about learning subject at the higher level. Students will learn information, then digest, and after that, they get to use to create something new.
4-1. leaning strategies -Predict, summarize 4-2. Scaffolding techniques - More modeling, guide to practice with other students. 4-3. High-order thinking questions - Engage the critical thinking skills - How to put info together? - What is the main idea?
5. Hands on materials or manipulative activities are good for students!
Such as... - Multiple intelligences - Kinesthetic learning activities - Opportunity to practice in multiple modality - Visual learning
Also... - Group of activities for language skills - Practice and apply what students learned - All of four language skills (read, write, speak, listen)