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3.5 Activity 2: Student Reflection

Teachers should conduct this reflective activity with learners in the target language. However, when working with beginners, it is better to discuss learning in the native language rather than not at all. When this is the case, the outcomes can be summarized in the target language and displayed on a poster for future reference.

For teachers of ESL students, it may be unrealistic to use the native language of the students. In this case, teachers should use visuals and brief, English phrases to model student expectations. To assist beginning English language learners, teachers should have students choose from pictures that describe feelings and reactions. They can also be given a word bank from which to complete phrases and sentences instead of creating sentences on their own.

The capacity to express one’s self reflectively is an important part of proficiency in any language. As learners become more proficient, teachers should ensure that student reflection is conducted increasingly in the target language. This will stimulate further growth in language proficiency.

Look at the student reflection activity below and decide how you would complete the statements yourself using the LinguaFolio Training Modules as your topic.

Student reflection activity

Topic: __________________

  • I have learned…
  • I can…
  • I am good at…
  • I haven’t managed…
  • I don’t understand…
  • I have difficulty in…

About the lessons

  • The thing I like best…
  • The most interesting thing is…
  • I don’t like…
  • The most boring thing is…

You may also choose to use the handout linked below with your students as you develop reflection activities in your daily instruction.

Student reflection (pdf)

What do the students think?

In the following videos, students reflect on some of the statements included in the above student reflection activity. Their comments refer to their overall language learning and not a specific topic or instructional task. What differences do you notice between the comments and reflections of elementary, middle, and high school students?

Elementary students

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Video transcript: “Student Reflection: Elementary Students” (pdf)

ESL and middle school students

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Video transcript: “Student Reflection: Middle School Students” (pdf)

High school students

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Video transcript: “Student Reflection: High School Students” (pdf)

One high school student’s reflections

In this clip, you will hear overall comments from a high school student who is a native speaker of Portuguese studying French.

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Video transcript: “Student Reflection: One High School Student’s Reflections” (pdf)

Next: 3.6) Activity 3: Examine your learning process