VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Cross-mentoring: Where in Service Teachers Can Help Pre-service Ones Get the Hold of Lesson Planning
Lan Hoang Nguyen

Building: A12
Room: Room 303
Date: 2018-10-13 09:35 AM – 10:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-25


A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed description of the course of instruction or "learning trajectory" for a lesson (O’Bannon, 2008). Lesson plans are of great importance in providing an effective learning environment (Clark & Dunn 1991, Johnson, 2000; Rusznyak & Walton, 2011). For that reason, ULIS (University of languages and International Studies) have made Lesson planning & Materials development one of the compulsory courses for Pre-service teachers, to help them close the gap between practice and theory.

For the past four years of teaching the Lesson planning & Materials development course at ULIS, the author witnessed most of her students struggling with these difficulties. Therefore, she brought the theoretical lessons out of the classroom by making the pre-service teacher observe, interview and reflect on the way in-service teachers did their lesson plans. After the activity, 100% of the students claimed to get the idea of lesson planning and felt the necessity of doing lesson plans for a lesson, and 78 % seem to be more confident when doing lesson plans. Although 59 % still find making a lesson plan challenging, all appreciated having a chance to step out of the class to get hold of lesson planning in action.

The presentation will start by showing the design of the observation- interview and reflection process. By analysing some pros and cons of the process so far, it will propose some changes to make better use of the process in the future.



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