New Article: Applying a Verbal Flowchart Protocol in Classroom Observations

My new article, Applying a Verbal Flowchart Protocol in Classroom Observations has just been published in the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – Bilingual Education – Link summer 2015 issue. Abstract: Classroom observations can assume many different forms tailored according to their purpose. Verbal flowcharts (also known as interactive flowcharts) have been around for decades and differ from a typical observation protocol in that they focus on the interactions between the teacher and the students, not necessarily the content of the lesson. Current language teaching methodologies highlight student-centered activities, with a heavy emphasis on interaction and production. The article below outlines the steps to employ an adapted verbal flowchart protocol for the communicative language classroom, including coding interactions, students, and activities, as well as post-observation discussion questions.