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Connecting with your students during lectures
Speaking with a clear voice, strong projection, and eye contact may seem like common sense, but with the large international student body at the Academy of Art, these features of speaking are very important to keep forefront in your delivery. If they can’t understand you, they can’t learn. In addition, it's during lecture that students are most susceptible to distraction, and if you are so involved in presenting that you lose awareness of what and how they are doing, they will use that lack of awareness as an opportunity to work on an assignment for a different class or to text a friend.
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Try these strategies to facilitate greater student comprehension:
Speak slowly and count to 5 in your head after asking a question. Many in your class, especially international students, need time to process what they are hearing in English, decode it for meaning in their heads, and formulate their answer to a question in English. This may take longer than you’d think. Slow down, enunciate clearly, and give them time to respond before answering your own question.
Lecturing has been described as instruction that takes place with or without learning. In short, lectures can sabotage learning because they require students to listen passively for long periods of time. Imagine, instead, a scenario wherein the lecture is a brief part of a larger interactive lesson, during which students understand the lesson goals and are actively engaging with their peers to process the information presented.
Here is an example of how an interactive lecture might look in an intro Graphic Design class.
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