The topic of the English class that we observed was countable and uncountable nouns. We stayed for only 30 minutes of 2 hours. The human brain has a concentration span of 20 minutes. I am not advocating for 20 minute classes; I am telling teachers that they need to change activities every 20 minutes at the very most regardless of the full class length. I have taught classes which were 3 hours, or even 4 hours. Provided that the teacher structures the activities so that the students are stretched and made to think that chunk of time passes quickly; both for the teacher and students.
The board work of the monk was unclear which made it hard for the students to focus. He wrote ‘Un’ which from afar looked like 'An' and then completed a small spider diagram of the ways in which we use uncountable nouns. It was a very basic class which all of the students have covered previously. Like many monks, he has studied abroad in Chiang Mai, and has the level of respect that being a monk and having studied abroad brings in the tight-knit community. We have invited the monk to come to our house for some feedback and guidance as he himself admits that the students are disinterested. He frequently has 20% or more of the class missing, which is not a sign that all is going well in the classroom.
NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer