会場での開催が中止となった 2020年秋に開催された、初のオンライン 動画視聴によるCertificate Programの最終回、Workshop 5とWorkshop 6のフィードバックを一部ご紹介します。
Lecture：Classroom Management and Lesson Planning / 教室運営と授業計画
Practicum：Using various sentence patterns / 色々な文章パターンの使用
What do you want? / What does he want? /
Do you want a banana? / Does he want an apple?
■This workshop was the one I was anticipating the most and the ideas presented were very good. I think it’s valuable to understand the need to control our class environment by having a good lesson plan, a good pace, a student-centered approach, and a constant transition between short activities that engage many of the forms of intelligences.
■Learning about the 2 types of motivations was equally helpful. I find myself sometimes praising students without cause, and it’s dangerous.
■Through the Workshop 5, I could understand how to scold and praise the students. I found that teachers should motivate students by both scolding and praising in a proper way. Also I reassured the importance of Classroom English.
■I would also like to add that Ms Kurihara’s review of the MAT Practice and the key elements of the MAT Method was extremely helpful. The slides were clear, and the explanation certainly help reinforce my understanding of the MAT Method.
■There were many things I noticed in this workshop. I learned how the classroom environment can be adjusted by the classroom rules. On top of that, I thought that I had to use classroom English on a regular basis and do a lot of review for students.
■I tried TELL Writing in my 4th-grade class, and the students enjoyed expressing themselves in their own words rather than just repeating as in DRILL.
Lecture：Using Activities Effectively / アクティビティを効果的に使うこと
Practicum：ROLE PLAY -Putting everything together
■As a music teacher Rhythm should not be very difficult for me, but sometimes I struggle with rhythm when teaching MAT lessons, including activities. When I introduced a song activity for my second graders recently, I tried to maintain the rhythm in the way I modelled it, and also in the way I activated the activity: everyone together, ready, go.
In doing so, my students were far more engaged during the activity. I
■The idea of converting games into learning activities is genius. As I mentioned earlier, it’s even more important to integrate relevant games that the students love, rather than any random game found on the internet.
■I’ve witnessed in my own classes how learning activities work, even within the short time that I’ve tried to do it. I’m excited to see how this will continue to help my students.
■I learned that Let’s Go chants are made to be interactive. I used to use songs just to listen, check pronunciation and sing it all together. However, I have already tried to have my students sing a few songs from textbook, dividing into groups, as if they’re having a conversation interactively. Chants helped students speak English more and it was a lot of fun, they were repeatedly singing even after. More than anything, it created a great atmosphere in my classes.
■I’d like to have my students do Role Play from the very basic just as MAT teachers did.
■I immediately taught “Basic Reaction” to my students. I have created many Basic Reaction Cards in the past but basic ones that I learned in the workshop were very easy and simple.
■It has been an amazing journey to learn how to teach English through all the workshops.
My goal for the students has been “Living English.” I’d like my students to be able to speak English outside of the classroom. I’d like my students to speak English when there is a situation that they need to speak some English words.
So I approach teaching English including understanding of cultural differences.
■I love English. It’s been the biggest passion of my life. As I’m still learning English, learning a language can be a long journey. I think it takes a village to learn and speak the language fluently. But I’d like to teach English and develop their strength in a fun and the best way possible with The MAT Method®!
■I chose Let’s Go, not because it was one of the most popular textbooks, but because I saw “Nice to meet you”, “How are you?”, “can”, “what”, “where”, “I like”, etc. all in the Level 1. And those words are what I heard most often while I was in the United States where I studied abroad. In addition to that, I fell in love with the workbooks. So I picked up the Let’s Go textbook and later found out that there was fun and the best teaching method called the MAT METHOD®.
■Through the workshop I knew students can do Role Play in the first lessons! Also, I should use more living English in the lessons so that students can put independent sentences or questions together to make their own dialogs.
■And last, I would like to appreciate all staffs of IIEEC Training Center for giving me such a great opportunity to take online workshops. When I started taking workshops, I felt a bit afraid of studying alone in front of my laptop. But I didn’t have to worry. The videos were very clear and I was drawn to each lecture and MAT Skills program. I could concentrate on the videos more than I expected because I could feel that Ritsuko sensei, and other trainers were talking only for me! It was also good for me to be able to watch the videos many times.
■I feel fortunate for this opportunity to be able to participate in the IIEEC Teacher Training Workshop Certificate Program. My deepest respect and gratitude to all the teachers, trainers, and staff who made this possible. I feel a portion of Ms Nakata’s energy and enthusiasm in my heart, along with the memory of her eternal calm smile and her soft but encouraging voice.
■Now I am reading a reference book “Koushite Oshieru Kodomono Eigo” by Ritsuko Nakata. This book has deepened my understanding of the method.
■I now understand the structure of using Role Play. It has a process； therefore, I will start a simple role play and then expand it.
■Taking role play as a lesson was a difficult task for me. However, at this workshop, I learned that there is no problem to start with something really simple, and now I want to try it in my own lesson. By incorporating role play into the lessons, I thought that children’s imagination would expand and more realistic conversation practice would be possible.
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