Observing ESL Classes at FXUA
Some teacher preparation courses/programs require observations for projects, homework, or for general enrichment. These observations are intended to enrich your learning by seeing language classrooms in action as an observer. FXUA welcomes teachers-in-training, but we also want to respect the learning that goes on in our own classes. Therefore, anyone who observes in our program needs to understand that they are a guest while observing, and must adhere to all requirements of the instructor at all times.
These instructors/the department allow you to observe as a professional courtesy to observers. Observers need to adhere to all requirements of the instructor whose class they are observing. When observing, the following general guidelines should be followed unless the instructor says otherwise.
I wish to do observations at FXUA. How do I schedule them?
FXUA’s ESL department has made the following requests regarding observations of their ESL classes. You may obtain initial permission to observe by emailing the Program Director of the School of Language Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once the director approves your request, you will then need to make arrangements directly with the instructor that you wish to observe.
Unless an instructor requests otherwise, to schedule observations with an instructor, you will need to request permission from the instructor via email at least 2 instructional days before the day that you wish to observe (remember that our classes take place Monday through Thursday, so you would need to email an instructor by Wednesday if you wish to observe on the following Monday). You must receive written permission (i.e., an approval via email) before you can observe. If an instructor has not responded to your request, you are not permitted to observe. Therefore, you need to be diligent about scheduling observations ahead of time.
What should I do when observing a class?
When observing a class, please follow the procedures below to minimize disruption to the students’ learning:
- Obtain permission from the instructor in advance. Some teachers may require more notice, so you should find out their preference
- Arrive on time and remain for your entire scheduled time.
- Sit where the teacher asks you to
- Be actively engaged in the observation (no outside work, texting, etc.)
- Do not interrupt the class to add your own observations or corrections; interact with the students only if invited to do so by the instructor
- Do not hold private discussions during the class (with students or other observers)
- TURN OFF cell phones and other potential distractions before the class begins
- Remember to obtain the instructor’s signature at the end of the observed lesson (if required for your practicum/internship course). If an instructor finds your classroom behavior disruptive, s/he is under no obligation to sign your observation log
- If the instructor requests that you leave the room (for whatever reason), please do so without questioning