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July 06, 2007

Workplace Issues-Reflective Evaluation

Hello Readers,

Do you dread the days when your head teacher or academic manager knocks on your classroom door to distribute evaluation forms to your students? While evaluation time can be frightening, especially to new teachers at a school, it is an important part of each school. Giving students a chance to voice their opinions about a course is something every professional school and teacher should do to ensure quality. So how can you...

... feel more prepared?

The most important thing to remember is that you don't need to wait for the 'official' evaluation forms to find out what your students are thinking. In fact, evaluation should be done on an on-going basis. More importantly, while evaluation forms, class discussions, and informal chats with students after class are all effective ways to get feedback from your students, Sylvie Donna (author of "Teach Business English") suggests that simply reflecting on your current situation can be just as effective.

Some things that you might want to ask yourself:

*Do you always act professionally? If not, think about what you might need to change.
*Do you need any further training? How could you get it?
*Do you take advantage of other resources at the school (teachers, books, training manuals, etc.)?

Course Program:
*Are students given a needs analysis before they start?
*Is the program well-planned?
*Are your lessons well-planned?
*Do you adapt your course depending on the students' needs?
*Are the students well-informed about what to expect before coming to class?

*What do the students think about the materials?
*Are you well-informed about new textbooks being published?
*Do you supplement your class with materials from different sources?

*Are your students comfortable with your teaching method(s)?
*Are your teaching methods appropriate?
*Do you feel well-informed about different teaching methods?
*Do you share your teaching methods with other teachers?

Questions adapted from Sylvie Donna (2000). Teaching Business English. Cambridge: CUP.

Can you think of any other important questions that might be useful for reflective evaluations? Feel free to add your comments below.

Hope this helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that focus on workplace issues specific to ESL? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 6, 2007 03:59 AM

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