Today the teachers I’m visiting are two secondary teachers of Japanese.

8:20 a.m. I navigate my way from the motel. So manychanges. This Christchurch secondary school is under re-construction and the school looks very different to what it did earlier in the year.

8:45 a.m. The observation is underway. As I collect the evidence, I appreciate the effort the teacher has made to develop a resource. The teacher also communicates with the students in a different way to when I first observed him at the first in-school support visit. The teacher uses gestures as he speaks Japanese in a way that is comprehensible and motivating. 10:30 a.m. It’s part-way through the in-school support reflective discussion. The teacher refers to readings from the pedagogy component of TPLT. The teacher is  reflective and discusses what the next steps are to bridge him to the expectations of the fourth and final observation next term. I’m also impressed with this teacher’s motivation in the language study component of TPLT: not only is he working towards a high level Japanese proficiency test but also an international test in Chinese. His knowledge of his first additional language has obviously helped him as he learns his third language.

12:15 p.m. I’m driving to the next school in beautiful Canterbury with snow on the nearby alps.

1:00 p.m. Time for lunch. I type up a progress summary for the first teacher I visited.

2:55 p.m. The second observation of the day is coming to a close. This teacher did TPDL six years ago and is doing TPLT as a refresher. She is still able to use practically entirely Japanese for the whole lesson and the students don’t seem phased by it at all. 4:45 p.m. The teacher reflects how her consistent use of the target language in (and sometimes outside) the classroom since she did TPDL* has meant that her senior students are accustomed to using Japanese because they have been using it so regularly since Year 7.

Janelle Wood is one of the team of in-school support facilitators delivering the Ministry- funded TPLT (formerly known as TPDL) programme.  TPLT covers the whole country and provides intensive learning and support for all schools catering for learning languages.


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