The process of explicit explanation exercises valuable cognitive skills required for assimilation of knowledge and deep understanding of academic content as well as skills to negotiate the world. When a student can explain a process or concept in their own words and apply new knowledge in a variety of contexts, I feel as though I’ve done my job.
As a student teacher, I Instructed 18 learners of varying nationality in lower-level English for Academic Purposes (G011). Instruction included grammatical mechanics, presentation-building, reading strategies, note-taking, summarization, deciphering word meaning through context, and analysis of stems and affixes. During this time, I also tutored undergraduate ESL students as requested.