Student’s Name: Yun Gyo (Yunnie)
Teacher’s Name: Love
Book's name: Side by side 1 Textbook and Workbook p. 131-144
Levels of Proficiency
• Beginning – The student at this level struggles with his/her understanding; prerequisite and fundamental knowledge and or skills have not been acquired or developed adequately to aid understanding.
• Developing – The student at this level possesses the minimum knowledge and skills and core understandings, but needs help throughout the performance of authentic tasks.
• Approaching Proficiency – The student at this level has developed the fundamental knowledge and skills and core understandings and with little guidance from the teacher and/or with some assistance from peers, can transfer these understandings through authentic performance tasks.
• Proficient – The student at this level has developed the fundamental knowledge and skills and core understandings, and can transfer them independently through authentic performance tasks.
• Advanced – The student at this level exceeds the core requirements in terms of knowledge, skills and understandings, and can transfer them automatically and flexibly through authentic performance tasks.
Yunnie is one of the nicest students I’ve met. She greeted the teacher warmly every start of the class and was completely attentive all throughout. She participated actively in discussions about any topics. In addition, she openly shared to the teacher her interests and the things she does every day. She was never shy to ask help from the teacher about words she didn’t understand in very polite manner. I wish Yunnie will keep this positive behavior of hers and I am sure, with this attitude, she will achieve great things.
Yunnie’s comprehension may be considered to be in the Approaching Proficiency level. She was able to easily understand instructions and even stories in the book without much repetition and explanation from the teacher. However, Yunnie’s knowledge of words may still be considered limited as she needed help on some words in the book. Thus, to further improve her comprehension skills, Yunnie must enrich her vocabulary. This may be done by exposing her to more reading materials and English videos with subtitle. She may also write every new words introduced to her and make a list of those words. Then she may use more words in constructing her sentences. More pictures and examples may also be given by the teacher when she is explaining new words and ideas to Yunnie.
Yunnie was able to read in an ideal pace. She read clearly and carefully, which resulted to less mistakes in her reading. However, Yunnie has to work on independently putting proper intonation in reading. She also needed help in blending words in sentences to sound more fluent. When it comes to understanding the text, Yunnie did an excellent job in answering the questions regarding the text, this means that her reading skills was not only on a word per word level but already in the paragraph level. To enhance her reading capabilities, it would be best if Yunnie will challenge herself in reading more age and level appropriate English books. She may start reading short stories, then may proceed reading novels. While reading, she may have her dictionary with her, for her to easily check the meanings of words she doesn’t understand. Here are some books I recommend her to read: a short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, “The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes, “Holes” by Louis Sachar.
SPEAKING AND PRONUNCIATION:
Yunnie’s speaking and pronunciation skills may also be classified in the approaching proficiency level. She was able to speak clearly and pronounce words correctly. However, Yunnie’s native accent is still evident. In addition, she still has to practice blending words in sentences for her to sound more fluent. She also has to be reminded of /s/ and /z/ sound as well as the /th/ sound which is challenging for most students. To further improve her speaking and pronunciation skills, she may practice and imitate English speaker in videos. She may also listen to more English songs and take note of lyrics and practice reading those with accent. With more consistent practice, Yunnie will surely be good in speaking English.
Yunnie is receptive to constructive criticisms and a fast learner. She can easily grasp what the teacher was trying to say. She also applied the corrections made in her sentences with teachers’ simple prompts. With Yunnie’s positive learning behavior and willingness, she will surely advance to the next level of English Proficiency. For now, she should practice more and expose herself to more English materials. It is also recommended for her to have new readings (the ones I suggested above will greatly help, or she may also find more reading resources she’s interested in the internet). You are doing a great job Yunnie! Keep it up! J
For our class, the main goal is still to enhance Yunnie’s knowledge of more words for better understanding as well as improving her accent and intonation in speaking. Thus, the teacher will introduce unfamiliar terms during our free talking time. She may also encounter more words during the text-focused lesson and enrichment activities after answering the textbook. The teacher will still explain terms using examples, visual aids and videos.