At the first SSLC meeting of the year for Chinese 2A, the feedback that we received from our classmates in the forms they filled out were organized so that we had comments for each of the individual teachers and lessons. The issues which were raised about our Oral tutorials were that: '1. We are not speaking enough Mandarin in the lessons 2. The teacher does not speak enough Mandarin 3. The teacher's behaviour and humour is not inappropriate 4. The lesson time is not used productively, partly because the class is too big and because the .' Some of the solutions that were offered by students included 1. Splitting the class into smaller groups in order to allow more time for students to speak more Mandarin within the time given. 2.The addressing of the teachers approach to the lesson, and 3. before each lesson we are given the lesson structure so we know what vocabulary to prepare.
For the grammar lessons one of the main issues brought up was that the lesson was not very engaging and was rather monotonous. Another issue was that the grammar points are not explained well enough. The staff at the committee said that they would discuss with the teacher over how we could address these problems.
Finally, for the NPCR lessons the comments were generally positive, however one of the comments that we brought up, was that not enough time was being taken to ensure that students had a concrete understanding of the new content, and another comment was that it was not clear what preparation we have to do for the next lessons. The teacher for the NPCR lessons is looking to address these issues, and will try to make things clearer when setting out the preparation that we have to do and when going through new material.
For the overall course a big issue brought up is that the spectrum of abilities amongst students is too varied. The staff understand that this is a big problem and are trying to address this, but they say that it will be hard to make major changes immediately. As a class rep I will try to make sure that each of the issues that we brought up are properly addressed, and once I receive a response from the heads about what changes will be made, I will inform this back to my fellow classmates.