“Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals’, the ones who somehow know how to teach.” (Drucker, P. (2014) p. 1)
Teaching is a beautiful and complex activity, while there are goals set by the institution, there are also personal goals set by each individual (each student), whether they are aware of them or not, and the teacher’s passion and commitment at each part of the class are the main key to succeed. Passion is the beat that will motivate and encourage students to keep on and commitment will ensure that the class is delivered in a professional manner.
Evaluating my own teaching is important in order to analyze all the aspects involved in the process, through this analysis I will identify the reasons why I did or did not achieve the overall goal and so I can modify and improve my teaching for further lessons.
This class was thought to 21 students in the first term of English (i.e. A1 according to the CEF), while some of them are true beginners, some others are false beginners that have been constantly exposed to English language through music, movies and social networks. The group’s goal is to pass the level in order to continue with their studies since English is a mandatory subject for their major, most of them are visual, linguistic, and kinaesthetic learners. It was a 50 minutes class (15 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for practice, and 20 minutes for production).
The group is very participative and enthusiastic; they are all around the same age and are interested in learning, however, they have different personal interests and personalities, and belong to different socioeconomic backgrounds.
The objective of the lesson was to order a meal, as a warming, students were asked about their favourite restaurants and food. Then, the vocabulary was...