Observing a Class Learning Reading and Writing

The teacher stays in front of the class with the board next to her so she has access to it whenever she needed to write something to point out to the class. The format of the class is mostly the teacher asking questions and the students are expected to answer. When a student answers, she would usually feel the class for some agreement or disagreement and ask “Everybody happy with that?”. The teacher addresses each student by his name and looks directly into their eyes. She uses tag questions to check if they really understand. She seems to be sensitive to their comprehension and is eager to clarify things that may confuse them. This is very important with learners of a foreign language, as it is difficult to advance to a more complex topic unless the basic knowledge is established.
The lesson observed was on Reading and Writing in English. The lesson was on the use of time linkers and some language structures that the students were asked to analyze. After asking the students to choose the right time linker word for the sentences on the board exercises, she would ask them what it meant to see if they understood the sentence. She gives an example and asks the students to give their own. Sometimes, she gives an example that is not familiar to the students and then she struggles to explain it. It is quite difficult for a teacher to explain something so commonly used to her to students who still find the language strange, but she needs to find ways for them to understand it clearly.
Another lesson for the day was on punctuation. She taught the class to identify punctuation symbols. She explained what the symbols are for. She singled out one student who seemed to have a problem with the use of a comma and asked him to work on it more. After the discussion, she would ask questions about it to check if the students understood the lesson. Every time she catches a student making a mistake, she writes it on the board.