English as a Foreign Language Teaching in Hungary

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EFL Class Visit

2012-10-19

Made by: Gergely Zoltán Udvarhelyi – Karczag
2012

Prologue

As I mentioned before I wanted to get a comparison between the Hungarian primary schools and the secondary schools regarding how they teach the English language.

I chose an ordinary city school to visit in Vac. First of all, inasmuch as I am much more interested in teaching grammar school – aged students than children in their early years I was curious about how do the elder students get along with the language learning.

Secondly, in my future plans I put at a highlighted place the prospect of teaching in a grammar school therefore I wanted to know what I would face if I turn up as a grammar school teacher one day.

In contrast with Acsa the school in Vac offered more chances to get a good overview on the language teaching. Insomuch as much more children go to this school it was easier to find a class to visit. Finally, I decided to examine grade 9. At this level the students have 5 EFL lessons in a week – one on every single day- and they also have a foreign speaker as a teacher who helps them to master the everyday language and make them courage enough to speak and use their language knowledge. At this level students are split up into two groups. There is a beginner and an advanced learner one. I chose the beginner group to visit and I examined 7 lessons there. Unfortunately, when the final day came the teacher was on sick leave and I had to accept a substitute teacher. However, I considered it as a good opportunity to get know how the students react to the extraordinary circumstances and how they cope with the new teacher.

Class visit at I. Geza Kiraly Kozgazdasagi Szakkozepiskola

The school:
Name of the school: I. Geza Kiraly Kozgazdasagi Szakkozepiskola, Vac,

English teaching starts from the beginning. The school has two native speaker teachers who make a good service for the students to understand the British thinking and culture. The school is very well equipped. It has a separate English classroom where the students are asked to attend, just like in Acsa. But this classroom has much modern tools and devices such as projector, DVD player, HI-FI, and a modern whiteboard. There are 6 English teachers teaching in the school.

The class:
Grade 9 consists of 35 students who are split into two groups. The beginners- who I chose to visit- sum up 16 students. The level of their knowledge was decided by a level measurement at the start of the school year. It helps the children to get the knowledge at the level they are on so they will not face any hardship in mastering the basic curriculum.

The lesson:
English language is used widely during the lessons. Both the conversations and the classroom instructions are in English. The teacher switches to Hungarian only if there is a material that is hard to understand or when the students have to master some grammatical knowledge.

The course book:
New Headway 2, Oxford University Press

As the lesson happened minute by minute

Date of lesson: 16. October. 2012
Class: Grade 9
Subject: English as a foreign language
Topic: The time
Material: The clock, telling the time
|Teacher’s actions |Students' actions |Methods |Duration |Own thoughts | |He comes in |They stand up without noise |- |0.5 min |It can be seen clearly that the basic| | | | | |rules are laid how to respect the | | | | | |teacher. | |The teacher greets the |All the students answer well|Foreign language usage in|0.5 min |It can be seen that the...
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