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Teach English in JiAjinkou Zhen - Zhengzhou Shi
I have learnt the different categories of beginner students and their characteristics. This will help me to plan appropriately. For example, I will use very simple instruction and lots of body language when I teach absolute beginners. Teaching techniques, how to conduct a lesson plan (straight arrow, Boomerang or patch work) and different stage of it (warm-up, ESA, activity) are other subjects which I have found very useful. I will put them into practice by trying to conduct the appropriate lesson plan for each class, for example I will use patch work lesson plan for teaching more complex subject. I have gained grammatical and phonological knowledge and now I am also more confident in dealing with students? behavioural problem. I will try to establish rapport with students by calling their names and learning about their likes/dislikes. I have learnt about the significant of having a clear lesson aims and objectives (and informing students about it), the critical role of classroom management, and how to manage equipment and teaching aids. Moreover, now I am aware of the difference between fluency (ability to speak quickly and smoothly without much thought) and accuracy (ability to speak in a grammatically correct manner) and its pedagogical implication. For example, I will avoid error correction during the fluency activity unless the mistake affects communication. I have also learned to encourage peer correction and collaboration between the students during the lesson. Furthermore, I have gained the significant of testing, the assessment language ability of students, and its potential value as it indicates the progress of students. However, testing should not understand narrowly, only in form of formal examination. For instance, I can measure the linguistic ability of students in a various ways, from observing the students while they are conducting a role-play to monitor student-student interaction, for example when they are doing a pair work task. I have also found the lecture about receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) useful, particularly the importance of ?prediction? in receptive skills. I would integrate this in my future lesson plan, for example, by talking about the text or showing some pictures related to the text students are going to read, prior to the activity. The article is attached