为了促进外籍教师教学教法的交流、共同打造优质课堂，威尼斯娱乐初中高端英语项目全体外教进行了研究课展示活动。12月下旬，初一年级英语外教Mrs. Chan进行了Novel Reading公开课展示，这位经验丰富的外籍教师给大家呈现了一堂互动性强，很好激发学生思维、同时也不乏趣味性的小说阅读教学。英语组内中外教共同观摩听课、评课。
本堂课主要对小说Charlie and the Chocolate Factory的第18章Down the Chocolate River进行阅读和赏析。首先，Mrs. Chan明确本堂课的课堂要求以及本节课的“learning objectives”学习目标，以此成为整堂课的指南针。接着，教师让学生预测本章节的主要内容，并通过有效的单词学习热身为本节的输出活动做了铺垫，更重要的是给学生消除了阅读障碍，如marvelous、enormous、mist等，并让学生在学案上完成相关词汇练习。其次，教师带着学生一起速读几个问题，这些问题都是基于本章节主要故事情节而提出的，既能让学生明确故事线索、同时也能调动学生根据文本分析主人公情感。如通过提问“What appears out of the mist in the chocolate river? Who was rowing the boat? How many?”让学生明确细节信息，也能通过提问“How does Wonka feel about his factory? Write down the sentence that you found in your book.” 让学生通过找支撑句了解Mr. Wonka对于巧克力工厂深深的自豪感。同时，外教在学生阅读之后核对答案的时候，还通过在PPT上直接呈现文本中的线索句，帮助学生更好地明确问题线索。
在分析完所有的细节问题之后，教师给学生播放了跟本章节内容相关的电影片段，以便让学生更好的理解本章节内容。为了考察对学生的了解，教师提问“How is the movie the same as the book?”, “What’s happening”, 让学生判断电影片段和小说文本之间的同与异，并让学生对主要故事情节进行复述。随后，教师提出了这样的一个问题，“How did the kids act in this chapter?”经过一番思考，学生提到“Some of them are so rude because they are trying to interrupt Mr. Wonka’s conversation with Charlie.”，还有同学提到“During the visit, the kids don’t show any respect to Mr. Wonka.”和视频中Mr. Wonka说到的“You are all quite short.”， 这里“short”并非指的个头的高与矮，而是指“rude, disrespectful”等意思。通过这样的互动，也对学生进行了情感价值观的培养和熏陶。
Reflection on Open Class
Even though I have had plenty of observations in teaching while in the United States this was a new experience for me. Normally for my observations it is the principal or the vice principal that comes in to do an observation that is needed for the state. My last two years, we had started to have staff to staff observations. As a graduate student, we did have to video record some sections of our lessons for our classes but this was the first time that it was recorded in front of a group of teachers and the students were not in their regular classroom. Being on camera and in front of other teachers does make me nervous. There were some things in the lesson that could have gone better, but I do believe that I met the objectives of the lesson.
In the process of planning this lesson, Shanny and Cora both observed the similar lesson in my other two classes and gave me ideas to strengthen the lesson’s PowerPoint and handout for the students. I incorporated both of their ideas to help the students learn the vocabulary and the process of skim reading in their books to find the main points to answer the questions. The easier to read PowerPoint, using the pictures from the book pages, and the clearer slides for the vocabulary helped the students to master the lesson.
Overall, the students worked faster with the vocabulary section and were able to start to located the information from the book when they were given the page numbers. The students are improving at writing the answers down during the silent work time and finding the answers on their own. I still have the issue that the top and the most vocal students volunteer to answer all the questions, so I need to work on getting the rest of the class confident in answering questions. While at the same time teaching the vocal students to wait before they can answer, so that the other students have a chance.
There are some things that I need to better as well. Firstly, I need to better engage the lower ability students and the students who are quieter to participate more in the class. Secondly, some of the students wait until the answers are read aloud and shared before the start to write down their answers. I need to guide them in being more aware of this behavior and motivate them to start to work from the beginning. Thirdly, I need to engage the students whose English level is lower to want to participate in the class and start to look for the answers in their books. Hopefully, I can help all the students to become more engaged and willing to do the work in and out of the classroom.
Overall, I believe this was a successful lesson. I have incorporated some of the suggestions in the other classes and have seen improvement in my student’s willingness to work independently. I need to continue to do observations to observe other teachers to see how they get the students to start working without waiting. I will continue learning by observing other teachers and have discussions with others so that I can be the best that I can.
In the novel reading class, I am able to learn many reading skills, build up my vocabulary and understand what is happening in the marvelous story with her guidance. The most impressive part is the way she tells us how to accumulate vocabulary by making our own vocabulary charts, including the word itself, the part of speech, definition together with a quick sketch that enables us to understand the word in direct way. Besides, I have also learned that we need to show our respect to others, which is also one of the most significant qualities for our students. I really enjoy every minute in Ms. Chan’s class. ------ Amy. Class 3, Grade 7.
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