UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT I
REPORT OF CLASSES OBSERVED
LIC. ITALA DIAZ ESPAÑA
Montería – Córdoba, December 12 of 2013
Children:The class (which population is children) is taught by Teacher Nini
Johanna Vidal in the English Center of University of Córdoba and it aims to
encourage students to speak in order to make them improve their speaking ability
and to acquire vocabulary taking into account the topic of the season which is
Teenager: The English class is taught by the teacher James Carter in the English
center of Córdoba University, the aims of the lesson was to help teenagers to
acquire abilities like to speak, write, read and listen English language, in other
words to help students to develop and improve their learning skills.
Children:The lesson observed was on November the 13th, 2013. The major task of
the lesson was to familiarize students with Christmas vocabulary acquiring it from
the use of materials such as songs where they had to fill in gaps of the lyrics; to do
word search; besides to promote students ability to speak the target language
applying the vocabulary given.
Students’ behavior in the class was good. Anyways, they kept talking to each other
most of the time and they were not paying much attention. Mostly when the teacher
was explaining the activities to be assigned or the topic they were talking about.
That’s why we think the teacher should have had more control over students and
also to know how to catch their attention engaging them to listen to what she was
saying. On the other hand, some students which paid attention all the time did a
very good job while answering the teacher’s questions and commenting on the
topic and the whole students were able to do the tasks assigned.
Teacher and students verbal interaction was good although the problem that was
stated before was occurring. The teacher asked questions and some of the
students answered, also they said comments when they were asked to; always in
the target language. Anyways, the teacher had rarely the necessity to speak in the
mother tongue in order to clarify something specific or the meaning of some words
the students did not know.
In terms of the environment it was good too. The walls were all full of posters and
drawings with phrases that show the use of some grammar focuses which motivate
students to learn. They were all sat down in a semicircle and the classroom was
From observation we could see that the teacher used all kind of materials and
resources to carry out the class with a Christmas environment; such as the text
book, photocopies, word search and songs. So, that is how we see the teacher
supports the class on different kind of materials that might be attractive to students
of that age.
Teenager: the lessons observed were on November 14th, 15thand 18ththe major
task during the classes were about modal verbs in different tenses, the teacher
used different strategies to explain the subject to students, gave examples from
everyday life, the real world, used video and listening related to the topic in order to
students understand better the topic.
Students´ behavior was not so good, because they are unpunctualwith the
schedule, sometimes they did not pay attention to the teacher because they were
chatting during the class, next the break the behavior of the students were
worsethey were talking about different topics to the class, the teacher began the
class and some remained outside the classroom and others were talking, they
laughed and few paid attention to the teacher. On the other hand, the end of class,
the teacher told us that if you deal with teenagers, do not to go against because
only thing that was going to do is make they want not pay attention, however that if
the let them to do what they would like, then they ended up doing the activities
assigned them without realizing it.
Other aspect observed were the motivation of the students, we observed that the
teacher does not motivate students to use the language in a communicative way,
the teacher explains very well what they do not understand, but students do not
practice orally; in instead, students practice in writing.
From observation we can say that the teacher does not create a communicative
environment in his classroom because he did not motivate their students to do so.
Another aspect is that he did not use variety of materials or sources other than the
textbook assigned.On the other hand, we observed that the teacher did everything
in order to students understand what they want to explain, the teacher uses facial
gestures, youth expressions, examples for teens, or related to daily life. We think
that the teacher support his class with the clear explanation about the topic.