Essay about Classroom Observation Report

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Before I observed this particular class, I looked up information about the English Language Program (ELP) on-line. This program is designed for people who wish to expand their English for communication, study, business, pleasure, etc. This program offers four core courses. The core course that I observed was an Intermediate Reading and Discussion group which meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:15.
Before the class observation: I met the instructor before class to discuss overall goals as well as goals for that day’s lesson. The overall goal of the course is to improve reading comprehension skills, increase vocabulary and reading speed, and develop discussion skills. The goal of that day’s lesson was to work on reading
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The instructor elicits more responses with each student. If the students make any errors, she doesn’t correct them so as not to embarrass them. It also seems like she’s more interested in having them speak freely than correctly. Next the instructor gives students a handout for reading strategy practice. The first section is on how to use guide words in a dictionary in order to find words quicker, the second section is on studying details in a sentence, and the third section is on drawing conclusions from the information given. After the students complete each section on their own, they go over their answers together. The last section consists of timed word selections where students get one minute to find as many words as possible. This is to help the students practice scanning when they read. It is evident that reading strategies practice is a core part of this class. The instructor appears to be promoting learner autonomy through strategies training (Rivera-Mills and Plosky, 2007)The instructor then allows the students to take a ten-minute break. After the break, students begin their timed reading exercises with the SRA Reading Laboratory. This exercise is individualized. Students work on the color that corresponds to their current reading level, which is great since their levels vary to some degree. There are three pages in total and the instructor times them so that they have four minutes to finish each page. They check their answers and write their results on a

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