Manuel Flores Lasarte

    Thanks a lot for your contributions. In addition to the notes on the lesson observation here, you make the following interesting points:

    – As you can see from the video, a vocabulary lesson does not mean that the teacher presents the language and then students practise the new language in controlled practice exercises such as gap-fills. In fact, in a vocabulary lesson, the idea is to create the need to use the new language. This can be done with a nice lead-in which engages learners with a real communicative task (e.g. guess the film) and helps to set the context and elicit the new language.
    – You all like how students interact with each other and focus on communication. Think about this when planning your own vocabulary lessons and prepare activities that encourage learners to communicate from the beginning of the lesson. Personalisation is a good way of motivating learners.
    – You also make a good point about the importance of finishing the lesson with a free practice activity in which students can put the new language to good use. This free practice activity can be followed up with some written homework.

    Other things that you mention and that the teacher could have included in his lesson:

    – Provide learners with a handout with all key vocabulary: good for revision and to check while doing the activities in class.
    – Think of a variety of ways of presenting new language (e.g. orally, through pictures, videos, etc.)
    – Include a final stage to recap the new words from the lesson.
    – More focus on pronunciation, including aspects of connected speech.

    Excellent reflections everyone!