First, I chose four activities from the Internet TESL Journal:
Lesson 1: The Bragging Game
Lesson 3: (a) The Family (Worksheet) (b) The Family (Text) (c) The Family (Teacher's Notes)
Then I divided the class into 5 groups of 8 students. Each group had 4 teaching pairs.
|Lesson 1||Lesson 2||Lesson 3||Lesson 4|
|Group A||Kota and Airi||May and Yui||Haruka and Emi||Miki and Saki|
|Group B||Mai and Chika||Kotaro and Shohei||Hiroki and Makoto||Hamaya and Matsun|
|Group C||Shunsuke and Hikaru||Masato and Tatsuki||Shunta and Satoru||Takumi and Eiki|
|Group D||Takahiro and Ai||Flowers and Machiko||Marin and Yurika||Yoshi and Ryouhei|
|Group E||Satoshi and Wataru||Ayu and Moe||Shiho and Kanako||Yui U and Takayuki|
Then, each student was given the following blogging assignment (taken from our class blog):
I would like you to write the lesson plan in your blog specifying the following. Next week, you and your partner will conduct a 10 minute lesson based on your plan.
Activity: What kind of activity is it? Adjust the activity so that it encourages acquisition, interaction, or focus on form. Your activity can cover more than one of these.Strategies: What kind of learning strategies does it encourage?Learning styles: What kind of learning style is most appropriate for your activity?Communicative competence: What kind of communicative ability does it encourage and why?Procedures: Write the steps you will take to carry out the activity. At the ending of your activity, there should be some kind of reflection to help students realize the skill/strategy you wanted them to practice.
See my sample lesson for an example
The text books we use are the TKT Course and 新しい時代の英語科教育法と実践 . The items that I asked students to specify(Activities, strategies, learning styles and communicative competence) were concepts that we studied in the textbooks. When we did the actual practice lessons, all groups did Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4 in that order. We were able to finish on time easily. What impressed me was that each pair of students taught their lessons differently depending on their goal. This meant that they were thinking very deeply about their teaching which I think is great. The problem areas were first, with five groups teaching at once it is hard to understand what each group is doing. I had two other teachers come to class that day to help me but I will not always have these kinds of resources. Second, I was not able to look at all the blogs before the class and give feedback on the lesson plans. I was just too busy. I was fortunate in that one of the other teachers volunteered to read the students' blogs. Third, sometimes when you are so busy orchestrating students' group work, keeping time, etc. it is hard to give students good comments on their lessons. Despite the problems, I am going to continue to use this format next semester. Although I need to think of ways that I can follow the students' lessons better, the most important thing is that the students, themselves, learn from this experience and determine themselves how they should improve.Although you will be team-teaching, you should write the lesson plan in your own blog. It is ok to write the same thing as your partner.