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ERIC Number: ED467258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 7
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Reflective Questioning in the Program Evaluation Process.
Florez, MaryAnn Cunningham
This paper explains how to use reflective questioning in adult English-as-a-Second-Language classes, describing how one teacher spends about 30 minutes at the end of every 3-month session asking learners to reflect on the work they and their teachers have been doing. Tips for reflecting with adult ESL students include the following: give the learners time to gather their thoughts, depersonalize this very personal process, help learners acknowledge their biases from the start, help learners set points of reference, ask reasonable and focused questions and be realistic about the responses, and make reflection a regular activity. Suggestions for beginning the process include providing an activity or time for learners to focus their attention on the time period in question and allowing them to gather their thoughts (e.g., creating practice tests for one another on material covered or brainstorming on what they studied). Sample questions for drawing out information after the students have prepared focus on whether they have studied English before, what they thought the English class would be like, which topics they are studying that are really valuable to their lives, and what they would change if they could. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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