Scaffolding-Bad Example (2:00)

Definition of Scaffolding: Forms of support provided by the teacher to help students understand the content of the lesson.

In this video, the teacher does not use much scaffolding for sequencing a lesson in an ESL class. Make sure you compare this to the “good” version of the same lesson.

PDF: Scaffolding in Second Language Context

Background Information

Topic: What you have in your garage

Goal: Students will be able to talk about items in their garages

Skill(s) in target: Speaking

Materials: Pictures of items usually stored in the garage


1. The teacher does not wait long enough for students to respond.

2. The teacher just asks the same question over again with no extra support.

3. The teacher has someone else answer her question, but then does not check to see if the first student understands.