Methods of Observation in the English Class
(Az osztálytermi megfigyelés módszerei az angolórán) in spring 2015
, Mon 12:00–13:30
, SZMK 1
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: TANM-ANG-101
description & set texts
The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the principles and techniques of classroom observation, with special reference to English language teaching. The focus is very much on observation as an integral and essential part of reflective professional development, and participants will be encouraged to reflect systematically on their own activities as learners and teachers. It should be noted that this course is at least as much concerned with providing experience and encouraging the development of appropriate attitudes, as with teaching a quantifiable syllabus, but when necessary input on EFL principles and methodology will be provided. Much of the in-class work will involve watching and discussing videoed lessons, but participants will also be expected to organise and carry out individual observations of their own and/or other teachers’ professional practice.
By the end of the course, trainees will have (i) observed a variety of teachers and classes at different levels; (ii) become aware of the difference between observation, interpretation and comment, and of the basic principles of systematic classroom observation; (iii) become more aware of their own principles and priorities with respect to language teaching, and of the effects that these have on their observations; (iv) practised writing formal observation reports, (v) used and discussed a variety of focussed observation methods (vi) conducted a focussed observation project and delivered a formal presentation of it, to be regarded as a term paper.
requirements & assessment
A course grade will be given at the end of the semester, based on the following: (i) Participation/Contribution during seminars; (ii) Written observation reports; (iii)Project presentation