'A Teacher's Guide to Successful Classroom Observations in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)' is a resource book for pre- and in-service English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers of adults who need to plan and deliver 60-minute classroom observations and need support throughout this process.
This book is not a resource for observers. It is aimed at trainee teachers of adults enrolled on initial teacher training courses such as the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Certificate. It is also useful for recently qualified teachers who are applying for TESL jobs and need to carry out demonstration classes. The book is also useful for in-service teachers hoping to complete higher level teaching qualifications such as the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Diploma, and practical modules on MA in TESL courses. It is also a good resource for more experienced teachers who need to brush up on their lesson planning skills before an observation.
The innovative features of 'A Teacher's Guide to Successful Classroom Observations in TESL' are:
* a fresh take on the process of classroom observations, both from the observee's and observer's perspectives, which helps ESL teachers and trainee teachers succeed in meeting their aims in a formal 60-minute observation
* embedded examples of positive and negative feedback given by observers regarding various aspects of a 60-minute lesson
* checklists at the end of sections that teachers and trainee teachers can refer to before, during and after a 60-minute classroom observation
* interviews with experienced TESL observers that give observees valuable advice on how to succeed in 60-minute classroom observations, including observations at diploma level
* a useful glossary with key terminology and abbreviations used in TESL observations
Ender Velasco Tovar has 15 years' TESL experience in the UK and Colombia. He holds a Cambridge CELTA, a Cambridge DTELLS, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Portsmouth, England.