12月下旬，初二年級高端英語項目外教Mr. Zucker、Mr.Blake和Mr. Amar三位外教進行了小說閱讀、科學及閱讀課的公開課展示。初中高端英語項目負責人張麗君主任以及英語教師共同聽課觀摩。三位外教展示了外教課堂以不同的課型，多途徑地培養學生的英語語言能力，提升學生的英語思維。
小說閱讀課內容為Narnia第13-14章內容。Mr. Z在小說閱讀教學中注重培養學生良好的預習習慣，在課堂引入環節以問題鏈的形式引導學生理解故事主線，以mind map幫助學生理清文章主線。在課堂任務設置上，教師關注小說小說的語言特點、故事的敘事方法。不斷啟發學生在語境中理解生詞詞義，并進行操練。同時，讓學生關注作者寫作手法。
科學課閱讀課主題為“Warm-Blooded Animals”，外教Mr. Blake用英語特有的思維方式不斷啟發學生探索Warm-Blooded Animals與Cold-blooded animals的不同。把詞匯的教學自然的融入到兩類動物的理解上，結合圖片及釋義，讓學生在運用理解中習得生詞。在純英語的交流環境中，學生與外教最大程度上進行著思維的碰撞和交互。Mr.Blake還給學生播放了生動的短視頻，讓學生更直觀的感受并理解所學。最后，教師引導學生小組活動制作海報，比較兩類動物的不同與相似之處。本節課，學生用英語來探索問題、解決問題的能力得到極大鍛煉。
Mr.Amar 的一節閱讀課Karate空手道。整節課圍繞運動展開，通過閱讀學習了這項運動的起原，關于空手道的等級及學習的三個階段。教師設計的有梯度的閱讀任務引導學生在閱讀中了解此項運動。同時還拓展了其它國家的一些運動如：泰拳、跆拳道、柔道等。并通過圖片形式讓學生了解這些運動的起原及形式。最后，Mr. Amar提出了引發學生思考的問題，運動的精神和品質。學生們踴躍發言，交流分享。使學生們的思維得到了很好的提升。本節課以聽課教師和學生的單詞游戲charade而結束。
@ Mr. Zucker
Today I had the pleasure of hosting an open class for class 9B. Often we try to highlight our top scoring class for the open class but this time I decided to switch some things up. Although the students may not have the best test score, their sense of community has built an amazing atmosphere where learning has become fun and enjoyable. It is that reason that I chose to highlight their class as the open class. The class started with a warm up exercise.
During this exercise the students chose different section from their reading book, Narnia. It was here that the student shined the brightest. Because they are not the greatest test takers, I find it best to work with them in more "non-traditional" ways. Acting exercises are a great example of this. The students thought the portion of the chapter through reenactment.
After this we reviewed their class through comprehension questions. The students had started this during their previous reading class so today it was mostly review and making sure that they understood why the answers were what they were.
Overall, I thought the class went very smoothly. I am very proud of the community we have built with class 9B and truly believe that they are capable of being better.
Class 9A from Grade 8 was chosen to partake in an open class for other teachers, both foreign and Chinese, to come and observe.
The subject for the class was “Biology: Warm-Blooded Animals” and was the last topic of the biology unit for the students.
The class involved an introduction of new vocabulary, new theories and deeper understanding of what makes warm-blooded animals different from cold-blooded animals, and some videos to allow students the opportunity to visualize the vocabulary and concepts. To finish, the students had to get into groups and complete a table that compared and contrasted warm and cold-blooded animals.
All in all, it was a good class that the students interacted heavily in. I hope the teachers watching were able to gain something from it too.
@ Mr. Amar
On Friday the 20th of December I had a reading “open class” with grade 8 class 9A. The lesson was focused on the Karate chapter of the Reading A-Z book. This was the second lesson that students had on this chapter of the reading. During the first part of the lesson the students summarized what we had learned from the reading in the previous lesson. This demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of the chapter as a whole as well as some of the finer details regarding the topic of Karate. The lesson primarily focused on getting the students engaged with the reading topic and learning new vocabulary surrounding the topic. The students learned the new vocabulary from the chapter. In addition, students were told further information regarding Karate and the good habits it teaches, outside the context of the reading. The students were tested on what they had learned in the lesson and reading with comprehension questions and a quiz. The students performed excellently in these activities and demonstrated great attention to details when scan reading the passage, a skill which will be extremely useful for them in the future.
The lesson concluded with a summary of Karate and the virtues it ingrains in those who practice it and how these virtues are helpful outside of Karate in one's working and personal life. For the end of the lesson the students and teachers participated in a game called charades where one person from each team had to act out silent clues in order for their teammates to guess a word. Both the students and teachers were eager to join in this activity and showed great enjoyment.
Overall, I believe the lesson went very well and the students behaved excellently. Some ideas for improvement of the lesson in the future would be to employ methods to get every students participating in answering questions and carrying out activities as well as allowing students more time to write down notes from the PowerPoint slides.
（撰稿：初中國際項目組 宋莉莉 編輯：王天慈）