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iMTL Portal: A Lesson Study

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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Learning Fiesta 2014

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iMTL Portal

A Lesson Study
The iMTL Portal provides an interactive platform that helps teachers and students for Mother Tongue Language (MTL) learning activities.
The portal will be available in 3 languages - Simplified Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
The iMTL Portal will have different modules that are useful for the student to complete the MTL tasks needed for their language classes.
The general functionalities for the student are:
-Submitting MTL tasks
-Creating Self-directed MTL tasks
-Viewing Grading and comments for MTL task submissions
-Commenting on other classmates’ submissions

Use of Subordinating Conjunctions in Conversation for Oral Component



Trigger Activity:
Ask audience to watch video then form sentences to describe the scene using the conjunctions provided.
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so that

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Lesson Objectives

Students are able to:
Complete an audio recording using subordinate conjunctions accurately and appropriately in their sentences.
Converse using the proper language and with the correct pronunciation.
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Lesson Study

Brief Account
Cycle 1- 25 July 2014
Cycle 2- 25 August 2014

Why we choose this for lesson study?
Expose and familiarize students with the new format for Oral Exams (2016)

Went for Lesson Study Workshop and iMTL Refresher Course

Continuous improvement from previous lesson

Have to work in a team

Teaching Strategies

  • Student-centric
  • Co-operative Learning
  • Independent Learning
Pt 1- Students are encouraged to inquire, give responses and provide feedback
Pt 2- Pair-work
Pt 3- Very little guide from the teacher
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Cycle 1

25 July 2014
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Teachers anticipated that most pupils did not know the Malay terms of the icons found, therefore effort was made to introduce the icons in Malay to the pupils prior to the lesson so that they can construct proper sentences using the right terms

bearing in mind that there were non-Malay students in the class

Pupils were introduced to the iMTL portal in class to familiarise themselves with the features

Pupils were stationed at specific computer terminals so that they can seek help easily in case they have any queries

Problems Encountered

Some pupils finished their tasks way earlier than the rest of their peers

Differentiated instructions for LS2

Most pupils were able to finish constructing sentences using the appropriate conjunctions but many had difficulty recording.

As such, teachers who were observing also had to help out because there were too many pupils having similar technical problems at the same time. There were 3 pupils who had to re-do their recordings at a later time because they were not able to upload their recordings.

Because of the slow connections and some technical errors, pupils were unable to give comments about their friends’ recordings. We had to do the task at another time.

Post-Lesson Conference

Some of the changes made.
Inputs by team members and CPDD Officers.

Cycle 2

25 August 2014
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Problems Encountered

A lot of the problems had got to do with the technical issues of the iMTL portal

Differentiated instructions for LS2

Many pupils had to log in and out a few times and re-do their tasks over and over again. Thus they were unable to finish their second component of their task which was to give constructive comments to their peers’ recording

Differentiated instructions for LS2

Nonetheless, it was heartening to note that some pupils actually tried to troubleshoot their problems first before seeking help from the teachers

Differentiated instructions for LS2

Desired Outcomes of Education

-a confident person who has a strong sense of right and wrong, is adaptable and
resilient, knows himself, is discerning in judgment, thinks independently and critically,
and communicates effectively.

-a self-directed learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for
his own learning.

-an active contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, is innovative, exercises
initiative, takes calculated risks and strives for excellence.

-a concerned citizen who is rooted to Singapore, has a strong sense of civic
responsibility, is informed about Singapore and the world, and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around him.