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Week 6: This is it!

The last week of practicum was over before I actually realised it and just like my first practicum, I am sad it is all over. During these six weeks, I feel I have learned so much about teaching, myself, lesson content etcetera. Right now, I feel I am ready to be in front of the classroom. Unfortunately, it will take at least another five months before that will happen most likely.  Continue reading “Week 6: This is it!”

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Week 4 & 5: Almost there…

It feels like yesterday since I wrote my last blog. Back then, I was halfway through my practicum. Today, my last week has officially started. The time has flown by so quickly and without any internet access at home, my blogging has not been that up to date.  Continue reading “Week 4 & 5: Almost there…”

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Week 3: Halfway Done!

It is strange to think that I have already spent three weeks at my second practicum school. Time really is flying by. The weekends have become more important to catch up on some sleep too. During the week, I often find myself pounding over my lesson plans and the sun creeping through the curtains at 5:45 is not helping me rest either. Continue reading “Week 3: Halfway Done!”

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To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?

For a long time, grammar was not taught in secondary schools in Australia. It was believed that grammar instruction was unnecessary as students would acquire the grammar rules automatically. According to the Australian Curriculum, teachers now have to teach several rules during secondary school. However, these teachers often never had a grammar lesson in their lives. Therefore, grammar lessons are still not often done in Australian secondary schools.  Continue reading “To Teach, or Not To Teach Grammar?”

General, Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

Generic Conventions

From the start of my Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Western Australia, I knew that I had a lot of content to catch up on. Teaching English as a first language is completely different to teaching English as a second language as the focus in First Language Acquisition (FLA) is less on form and more on literature than in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). I asked around for books that I should read, and studied my literary terms.  Continue reading “Generic Conventions”