A lesson arrangement, consisting of 4 lessons working towards writing a letter of application.
The final entry, finally. This will suffice as some sort of summary with regards to the English at MBO lessons.
Personally I feel like I have learned a lot, but I would learn more from an internship. My intrest is peaked and I am really looking forward to an internship at an MBO.
I think English at MBO isn’t as important as it should be. English is really making its move and is becoming bigger, gradually over the years. We are exposed to English in so many different ways, and I feel like the MBO students should be trained in communicating in English at the very least. They will come across English in their work field, at least the higher MBO levels, on which my material was focused.
I would really like to know more and experience English at an MBO. And it is intriguing to know that English at an MBO is always different from another MBO school. There are no guidelines which means you have creative freedom, but it does ask a lot of you. I would be a great challenge.
Yesterday we did our presentation. It was horrible, in my opinion. However, I think it should have been good enough for a sufficient mark. My next post will be the last one, and that one will be about the last week.
This post is just me rambling about something and I don’t know what to say. I am completely drained about this subject. The whole blog thing is dreadful and I honestly hate it. I feel like my time could be spend on something a lot better instead of writing this. I have nothing more to say about the MBO and to be honest it is starting to become an annoying subject, whereas I really did like it at first. So I will just stop here.
on the 10th of January our group got together again to practise for the presentation. We all wrote down the general idea of what we had to say and we got an idea of the time we had for the presentation and if it would work out. Apparently it did and we divided the parts quite equally I think. My part is the boring part, the theoretical support, but I wrote that part as well so it is the logical part for me to tell.
I made some flash cards I can use during the presentation, and I am going to learn my text over the weekend.
Something happened — Apparently I am going to spend the weekend in London with my boyfriend, he took me there as a surprise, so I get to speak English for three days, which is good practise for the presentation, I will study my text in the metro I guess. I wonder if there is anything like the MBO in England? I might try to find out soon.
During this course as well as before I have the feeling like there is a big stereotype on English at MBO and MBO students in general.
Some friends of mine deemed English as the lowest importance while studying at an MBO. It wasn’t obligatory for their exams, and it didn’t matter what grade they received. Another thing that made their view of English quite negative was that the lessons were so boring they didn’t want to go. And they could skip lessons if they wanted to, so the English lessons were the first lessons they decided to skip.
I also feel like the stereotype we regard the students at MBO schools with is something that should be changed. I am one of those who actually thought MBO students were not clever. And I feel like that is still a stereotype. However, most of them were VMBO and MAVO students and those are other students we learn to teach. I feel like the MBO students are put in a certain box, and they shouldn’t. But, I would have to see for myself to know for sure.
My own knowledge.
Personally I didn’t know much about MBO when this course started. I knew what I had heard from friends in my hometown who went to an MBO. I knew there was a difference between the levels, educations and BBL studies etc.
I did learn a lot more about MBO studies, for example the testing and exam regulations. And the difference in how they receive classes. It seems to me that there isn’t one way they receive English. It is mostly the teacher’s own vision which is used, there isn’t one general idea behind teaching English at MBO. I do feel this is something that will be added in the coming years.
I am very curious, but I would like to be surprised if/when I have an internship at an MBO school. I would like it very much, and it would be a great experience and an amazing challenge.
Today was the third time we got together to work on the course material.
Since we’ve been typing a lot I do not feel like writing a very long story. I’ve decided to add our material to our blog as a way of showing our progress.
We are almost finished with the course material and already started on creating the presentation. We do however feel like a lot is unclear about this assignment, especially the blog. Personally I feel like the addition of a blog is unnecessary and a lot of unneeded work. I seem to forget about it all together all the time.
But I found something to do again, so I will continue working on the assignment once again.
Soooooo, it seems I have forgotten the third entry as well..
Last week, my group members, Grieteke and Yvonne, and I went to Friese poort Leeuwarden. We went there to visit an English teacher, who only started teaching there this year. Yvonne had contacted him via e-mail and had a conversation about how the day was going to be. He was very open and asked what we needed before saying what he wanted to do with the day. I liked that openness a lot, and it kind of set the mood for the entire day.
When we got to the school he welcomed us and showed us their teachers’ lounge. We had a cup of tea/coffee and then went to his first class, which turned out to be a four hour long combination of two classed with one group of students because another teachers had fallen ill. The first lesson he taught was the specified English class. Which was based on the vocabulary the particular study needed. I like this idea, however the execution was, in my opinion, rather poorly. The students didn’t speak English, even though the teacher did, and they covert approximately fifteen words in fifty minutes. The thing I really did like was the BBC one minute news story. He just put the clip on the screen and let them watch and listen. Afterwards he asked random students about the topics, what they picked up from the clip and what they already new about the subject and how they knew.
The second lesson consisted of English in general, he had created a website with an assignment on it. The pupils had to find job applications and write a reaction to it. They did this in a computer room, but they didn’t have a lot of help from the teacher. It might be wrong, but I thought this could have been better. But his personal connection with the students was good, when he asked they would listen and they were willing to answer his questions. Why he didn’t do more with this is a question to me. Overall I like him and the way he connected with his students, but his way of teaching isn’t how I would do it.
During that day we also had an interview with a couple of his students and with himself. I will place them below.
Overall, I learned a lot, and I even think this might be the direction where I would like to go. I think the subject specified English is amazing and a real challenge. I would like to see how I do, since I had a lot of thing in my mind that I would have done differently. That being said, I want to have my internship at an MBO next year and see how it works for me!
So, I forgot my first and second entry.. Yay, good start. I really fail at keeping a diary of any sorts. So I would like to apologise for that.
Without further a do, let’s start!
The first lesson of English at MBO consisted of 2 separate lessons, a guest lesson and the regular lesson.
During the guest lesson there were two spokes women, the first one spoke about English at MBO in general and the kind of testing that is required. The second woman spoke about her experiences as an MBO English teacher and she also gave ideas and tips about things that had motivated her.
For me the first woman was more interesting because it was just general knowledge, whereas the second woman really talked about her own findings. Which is, without a doubt, very interesting as well, however, her experience is a lot different than the ‘regular MBO teacher’ because she is the only one teaching English. So she doesn’t co-teach with anyone and doesn’t have to take other teacher’s choices into consideration. I did however like her tackk and the youtube videos she recommended.
I learned a lot about MBO in general, and I am very curious to go to an MBO school and see for myself if it something I would like. This will probably return in my second post, which will cover the first contact with the school we are going to visit this term.
No grammar lessons?
While reading ‘current issues in the teaching of grammar’ it became clear there are many unresolved issues regarding the necessity of grammatical explanations and lessons. Do we need to ‘teach’ grammar or should it come automatically while creating a safe and an enviroment in which you can develop? And when should grammar be taught?
In our current educational system grammar is considered a main part of a student’s education. However, some see an oportunity in letting students learn grammar in an active way. It should be possible to create an enviroment in which the students can talk and develop only with some guidence and feedback.
On the other hand, if a teacher is not comfortable (yet) or has not got the opportunity to create such an enviroment, when is the best time to start with teaching grammar? Hence it is an extensive subject, it should probably be build up slowly and it might be best to combine English grammar with the first language grammar.
To conclude, in my opinion, students should learn grammar in an active way under guidence and with lots of feedback. However, if this is not a possibility for you, you should probably combine the English and first language grammar.