Practice for Teaching English as a Second Language to Students in Hong Kong: Analyzing my Own Classroom Interaction

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Introduction Classroom interaction has been widely recognized as one of the most crucial factors in a second language classroom that allows second language learning to take place. As pointed out by Tsui (1995: 11), ."..the language used affects the nature of interaction, which in turn affects the opportunities for learning that are made available." This statement is exceptionally true in Hong Kong context because English are seldom used by students in their daily lives. English lessons seem to be their solely exposure to this target language. Therefore, effective classroom interaction plays a particularly important role in English lessons of Hong Kong secondary schools. In this essay, I am going to explore my interactions with…show more content…
Then I introduced the format of a report with an activity in which students were asked to re-order some sentence strips so that a coherent report on comparison between advantages and disadvantages of organic farming could be formed. 1. Explanation According Brown and Armstrong, "explaining is an attempt to provide understanding of a problem to others." (1984: 122). In other words, the objective of explanation is that students can get what the teacher wants to say. In the beginning of my lesson, I explained the meaning and pronunciation of two words "chemical" (as a noun) and "produce" (as a noun too). I think I have the following strengths: Firstly, I related this new word "chemical" with another word which students were familiar with, "chemistry" which is one of their subjects. Therefore, students could easily get the meaning of "chemical" as an adjective, i.e. "related to Chemistry." I also made use of their exiting knowledge to explain "chemical" as a noun. I define it as "man-made fertilizer" as students learnt this word in their Geography lessons. Even for the weaker students, they would get the meaning handily as I further elaborated it. ("Fertilizer is something that farmers in the ground, in the land, so that they can make more plants.") In my explanation of the different parts of speech of "produce", I was able to highlight one of the important features, i.e. their different pronunciations and parts of
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