I observed an English class in junior high school in Utsunomiya. The teacher who is one of the mid-career teachers gave a open class. After observing her class, we discussed the pros and cons of the class. Both were the great experience to me.
Let me tell you about it.
To start with, I realized that it is difficult for teachers to get students to talk in English. The teacher who taught students established their goals for the class that students enjoy talking with their friends in English. She was always trying to have them talk with their friends. Besides, I found that she used a couple of devices to get her teaching going. For example, she used pictures and tools for the children to understand English under real situations, recasted a student who had committed an error, and made the outline for students to find a process of lecture. However, the students spoke only fixed formats that she taught in her classe. They were not able to continue to talk with friends without proper sentence patterns. I think this is a very difficult problem. If I became a teacher, it would be a big issue for me as well. I should think about the ways of possibly getting students to talk in English more and more.
Like I mentioned at the outset, the open class was followed by a discussion. In this meeting, we discussed a proper balance of the two ways of teaching: inductive and deductive. I found that the issue was difficult for English teachers. Teachers I know that the balance of the two is important in my head, but at the same time it is difficult to put it into practice.
From now on, I need to increase a lot of ways of teaching for students. I will do my best. This meeting motivated me to work harder. Thank you for asking me out. (KOH)