General

Relocating Weekend

As I wrote last week, I have gotten a regional practicum. This means that I am after 10 hours of driving, somewhere halfway between my university and the school I will be working on for the coming six weeks. As you can imagine, I am flat out right now. Therefore, I will keep this blog post nice and short. Continue reading “Relocating Weekend”

General, Research

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 should now 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?”

Lesson Material, Literary Terms

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”

Reflection

Day 27-29: It’s Over

That was it. My first practicum is officially over. I already feel like I do not know what to do with my time. I guess it will not take long before I start fully revising my work and improve the worksheet I made so I can use them again in the future.  Continue reading “Day 27-29: It’s Over”

Reflection

Day 22-24: One more week to go

After the peak, it started to feel like I ended in that most familiar black hole. After working early mornings and late nights for multiple days in a row, I suddenly did not know what to do with my time. Instead of running, folding laundry and cleaning up, I started to revise my material.  Continue reading “Day 22-24: One more week to go”