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A mock lesson in flexibility (K. Ebbighausen: Classroom Communication, Schöningh Paderborn 1978, p.41)

Good morning, boys and girls.

Okay now, sit down everybody and be quiet! Will you all please sit down and stop talking. Peter, this lesson has started and I asked you to shut up!

(Door opens)

Hello, Angela. Nice to have you with us. Yes, you're late again. What was the matter this time? Okay, now sit down and take out your books everybody.

Stop playing around you two in the back row! Give me that hairbrush and the comics. You can have them back by the end of the lesson. Now, if this goes on a minute longer, I'm going to have to get angry and I mean it !!!!!

Today we're going to start with a new story. I didn't tell you to open your books, did I? Keep your books shut! Just be quiet and listen.

Let's talk about some of the new words in the text first. Do you remember what we talked about at the end of the last lesson? Oh, come on, some of you should remember. No one? Well, you didn't listen closely then, and you aren't listening now! Stop talking and pay attention.

All right. Look at this picture here. Can you all see it properly? Dennis, get down off your desk. If you can't see it well enough raise your hand and tell me! Richard, tell us what you can see in the picture..... You haven't lost your tongue, have you? You should be able to tell us something about the picture. Who can help him? Now, only one at a time - stop shouting like that! I want one answer at a time! Cindy, what about you? Oh, sorry, I woke you up. Would you kindly give us your attention? I'm afraid this isn't going to work. Get out your pencils and exercise-books. I'm going to write some new words on the blackboard and I want you to copy them. Susan, stop bothering your neighbour! So you forgot your pencil-case again. Why can't you bring something to write with to English? Well then, here's the first word. Wait until I've listed them all before you start writing. And stop throwing pens and rubbers, Peter! Where's the sponge? Has anyone seen the sponge? Linda and Susan, get back to your desks and sit down. I think I can manage. Next time I want the board cleaned before the lesson starts.

I don't know what's the matter with you - you're being very silly this morning! To calm you down we'd better start reading. Open your books at page 22 and start reading at the bottom of the page. If you all would kindly listen. No, I said start at the bottom of the page, where it says "Teaching is a lot of fun..."

 Was macht die Lehrerin in dieser Stunde falsch?

Wie müßte das Verhalten und die Lehrersprache geändert werden?


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