I found chapter 3 of Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL by Peregoy and Boyle to be informative. It encourages involving students in decision-making processes as it motivates ownership of lessons. I agree with the sentiments that there is no difference between first and second language writers as they both use their background knowledge to develop ideas. I learned that there is a six trait approach to writing. I also realized that using common vocabulary to discuss writing is a useful way to enhance both writing and class participation. I also support the idea of tutors allowing their students to work in collective and accommodating peer response groups where they use language to share, converse, and find solutions to their writing problems. That way, learners build their confidence. The chapter reminded me of the scaffolding framework for differentiating instructions using who, what, how, and how well. Also, the activity work provided at the end of the chapter is mentally engaging and is vital for any student who wants to sharpen his/her writing, reading and learning ability.
I agree with chapter 4 of Reflective Teaching in Second Language classes by Richards and Lockhart that teaching is essentially a thinking process. Teachers are indeed given a range of options and they have to select the one that is suitable for a particular goal. I also learned that the ability to make interactive decisions is a vital teaching skill since it enables t to determine how students respond to teaching and can modify instructions to facilitate optimal support for learning. The world needs impeccable decision-makers. Therefore, teachers need to teach valuable decision-making skills to learners. This chapter provides enough resources that include case studies and follow up activities, both of which I believe will sharpen teachers’ abilities to help students become exceptional decision-makers.
Peregoy, Suzanne F., and Owen Boyle. Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL: A Resource Book for Teaching K-12 English Learners. Pearson Education, 2017.
Richards, Jack C., and Charles Lockhart. Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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