Description and Process

If you intend only to observe one or more CESL classes, please follow the instructions on this page.  Up to 9 hours of CESL classes may be observed as a courtesy. Class observations beyond the 9-hour limit will require you to register for a practicum.

Non-CESL students wishing to observe a CESL class must complete this form and submit it to Dr. Sumayya Granger at least 2 weeks in advance of your proposed visit. Please refer to the IEP Programs and Levels page to complete the form.

All visitors must check in in CESL room 101 to sign in and pick up their badge before attending class. University instructors wanting students to observe classes as part of a course should contact the CESL Director in advance.

Please note that any documents of completion of observations are available only to students enrolled in CESL programs.


Observation Expectations

1: Check in early in office 101 and pick up your observer badge. If wishing to observe an 8am class, please sign in and get your badge the afternoon prior.

2: Arrive early to class and wait outside the class.

3: Introduce yourself and ask the teacher for permission to observe before entering the class.

4: Be understanding if the teacher does not wish to be observed, or if the teacher asks you to return another day. Some activities are not well-suited to observation or the class may already have two observers.

5: Sit in an unobtrusive seat in the class.

6: Do not speak up or join in class activities unless asked to do so by the teacher.

7: Do not leave/enter the classroom while class is going on unless this is unavoidable.

8: Make sure to thank the teacher at the end.

9: No more than 2 observers may be present in a class at once.

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