The requirements for this class include writing three observation reports throughout the semester. All of these reports should be a summary of what you observed in one particular lesson and should include comments on aspects such as organization of the lesson, opportunities for student involvement, materials, classroom dynamics, feedback and correction, linguistic and communicative objectives, as well as other pertinent components of a second language lesson. Two of the reports will have other specific topics to be addressed (see syllabus). The reports should be four pages, double spaced. Be sure to include the number of students in the class, their ethnic/linguistic background, and language level. Do not include any names, however, since the teachers should remain anonymous. You may add comments in your report made by the teacher during a pre- or post-observation conference, if you participated in one.
Though the basic reporting of what happened in the class is essential, it is very important that you include an analysis/critique of the lesson, its activities, and other components. You should also include your opinions and impressions. These comments demonstrate that you reflected on the observation and processed what you saw with a critical lens. Keep in mind that this is what distinguishes the endeavor of developing a broader framework for teaching and learning from mere reporting of observed incidents.
Your grade for the report will consist of four parts: your description of the class/lesson; your analysis/critique of the activities; the insights/reflections you gained from the class that will help you in your teaching; and the quality of your writing. Below are among the criteria I use to evaluate your reports:
• physical setting, student body
• instructional procedures and materials
• discussion of key points using critical lens
• justification and support (specific examples) for views/conclusions...