Below are some points to
watch in Grammar Topic Essay. They reflect a number of problems I have
seen in the essay drafts previously. The final draft should be checked
to meet these points :
- This is a Masters level
course. Therefore, you must show evidence of reading and thinking
which goes beyond the classroom notes. 'Evidence' means discussing and
evaluating what you read. There must be a list of references
which you used at the end of the essay. Notes on how to format references
are available on this
Internet site. You must acknowledge the work of other writers
which you use. Failure to acknowledge is called plagiarism (stealing)
and will earn a 0% mark.
- The Story-Grammar topic
requires a) a discussion of the theoretical issues behind the
story approach to teaching grammar (i.e. you will need to evaluate the
ideas put forward by various researchers), and b) a simulated classroom
presentation of a Story-Grammar lesson.
- Proof read your final
draft carefully. Check for cohesion and coherence. Check (or ask a friend
to check) for global and local language errors. Check every verb and
plural noun you use.
- The teaching simulation
should include : a) priming, b)presentation, c) your focus on the grammar
teaching objective, and d) extension activities.
- If your classroom instructions
are more complex than the students' English knowledge, indicate what
parts you will say in Korean.
- Train the students to
ask most of the questions (rather than the teacher asking most of
the questions). Their questions should drive the lesson. You, as teacher,
set up situations where they question, then respond or act.
- Teach only one or
two points about language form in any single lesson.
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