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Open Classroom Observation – Ms. Nicole Tavares

March 3, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm HKT


Date: 3 Mar 2023 (Friday)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm (HK time)
Hybrid: Online conducted via ZOOM & MW646, Meng Wah Complex, Main Campus, HKU
(The session will be conducted onsite but observers are welcome to join the observation via Zoom.)
Speakers: Ms. Nicole Tavares, Senior Lecturer and MA(TESOL) Programme Director, Faculty of Education, HKU

Class topic

Grammar and Pedagogy

Brief introduction to the course

This is a Master of Education class for part-time and full-time students in the English Language Education specialism. Majority of the course participants are pre- and in-service teachers of English in primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China. With the prime goal of raising their teacher language awareness (TLA), this module aims at (1) enhancing their understanding of grammar and lexis, the interrelationship between the two and the implications of this for their TLA in making pedagogic decisions, implementing classroom practice and facilitating student learning, and (2) sharpening their skills in critically analysing the treatment of grammatical and lexical issues in textbook materials and classroom teacher-student interactional discourse. All this is to prepare them to be critical users of published materials, informed designers of their own teaching materials and reflective classroom practitioners who make principled decisions in relation to the way in which these materials are used to optimise student learning.

Number of seats for observers/visitors

Onsite observation Online
5-6 seats
(Enrolment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.)
20 seats
(Zoom information will be provided to enrolled participants in due course.)

Purpose of this Session

The lesson you’ll be joining me in is Session 5, which is the first of a 4-session series on ‘Grammar and Pedagogy’ and we’ll be focusing on ‘The Past Perfect’. I adopt an inquiry- and activity-based and experiential learning approach to L&T in my classes. In the session, course participants will play the role as ‘Coursebook Analysts’, begin to learn the established criteria used in grammar material evaluation and apply the rules of thumb in critically analysing several published textbook pages on the target grammatical structure.

Biography of the Teacher

Nicole Tavares (FHEA) is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at HKU. She specialises in English Language Teaching and Content and Language Integrated Learning methodologies, and teaches related courses in the Faculty’s BA&BEd, PGDE, MEd and MA programmes. She is currently MA(TESOL) Programme Director and the Coordinator of the Faculty English Language Proficiency Tests for BA&BEd (English Language Education) students.
Nicole has received multiple teaching awards, notably the HKU Teaching Innovation Award (2020), her Faculty’s Emergency Remote Teaching Award (2020), and HKU Outstanding Teaching Award (2015). She is keen on experimenting with innovative pedagogies and is acknowledged for her creative design of collaborative activities that maximise student voice. She sees students at the heart of her teaching and is dedicated to seeking ways to enhance classroom practices for quality L&T.


March 3, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm HKT
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