Celta Assignment Lessons from the Classroom Essay

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(I had to resubmit this because I did not give enough detail for 2 of my weaknesses - if I can figure out how I will add the resubmission for which I got good feedback)


I have learned from observing my peers and experienced teachers how important it is to use a variety of teaching methods and styles. Within the same lesson I have witnessed teachers organising their students so that they worked alone, in pairs, in pods, and in teams. The students were encouraged to move around the classroom, doing exercises pinned to the wall, and to write on the whiteboard. This kept the energy high and engaged students who like to learn by doing.

I have witnessed how important visual aids are in a classroom, in order to clarify
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2. My monitoring skills have improved since my first lesson. I have been able to effectively monitor in an appropriate way to the task, for example staying quiet during initial listening; quietly checking their answers during a more detailed listening to decide what I need to clarify; being more directive and helpful during other tasks.

3. My handling of equipment has been described as effective and my handouts have improved and become more engaging.


1. Board work –My planning for board work has been patchy and my use of the board during lessons is not consistent, even when I have initially had a good plan. When I feel pressured by time or get flustered, I stop boarding and this has a detrimental effect on the lesson.

2. Clarifying meaning, pronunciation and form effectively in the classroom – this is strongly related to my board work. Prior to the lesson I always do a lot of research on meaning form and pronunciation and am usually clear about the grammar. However by not organising this on the board effectively, my clarification also becomes chaotic. I also need to be clearer about the appropriate depth and complexity of my explanations for the level of the class.

3. Simple and clear language – I need to grade my language to the student level. This will be a matter of planning – writing down verbatim what I will say in the