Lesson observation (optional practice)

Topic Focus

To practise observing and give feedback on a teacher’s lesson.

90 minutes

You are going to watch a video observation of a student delivering her assessed teaching practice as part of the TESOL Practice Module of her MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL at the University of Sheffield.

Task 1: Observation form

1. Before you observe the lesson, look at the observation form. What do you think the purpose of the observation was?

2. What aspects of planning could you focus on in each of these areas?

    • Aims
    • Lesson components
    • Stages, activities and tasks
    • Language/skills analysis
    • Materials and resources

3. What aspects of teaching could you focus on in each of these areas?

4. Now look at the individual descriptors for each of the areas above. Are they similar to your ideas? Are there any differences?

    • Learning atmosphere
    • Skills and/or language development
    • Classroom and resource management
    • Use of English
    • Monitoring, feedback and correction

5. Would this type of form work in your context? Why/Why not?

Task 2: The plan

1. Look at the lesson plan and materials the students produced. What feedback would you give? How do you expect the lesson to go based on the plan?

2. Now compare your ideas with the feedback the student received on their plan. What similarities and/or differences do you notice?

Task 3: The lesson

  1. Now watch the lesson being delivered. As you observe, complete the observation form focusing on the five areas. 

NB: To see the subtitles, click on ‘CC’ at the bottom right under the video. Then select ‘English (British)’. The subtitles for this video are auto-generated, so may contain some errors. 

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3

2. Now compare your ideas with the feedback the student received on their teaching. What similarities and/or differences do you notice?

Task 3: The lesson

How did you find using the observation form provided in the previous tasks?
How is the tutor’s style similar and/or different to yours?
Could the lesson have been observed in any other ways?
Could another type of observation form have been used?