Learner Strategy

The text below is from a student in Hong Kong. It is a good example how learning strategies affect students. What do you think about the case below? What kind of learning strategies do your students use?

“When I was in secondary school, I seldom asked questions. The reason was that the teacher always tried to explain the stuffs as detailed as possible, leaving no queries among students. Only the most curious student will ask questions. This method is well-known as the spoon-feeding education system in which we are fed with piles of notes and text books. Continue reading

Principled Approach

Our approach of learning and teaching language affects everything that goes on in the classes. It is the cumulative body of knowledge and principles that enable teachers, as “technicians” in the classroom, to diagnose the needs of students, to treat students with successful pedagogical techniques, and to assess the outcome of those treatments. I’ll list some of the most accepted principles which should shape your approach to teaching. Continue reading

Eliciting

Eliciting subject knowledge and ideas… Eliciting is a technique we can use to get learners thinking and saying what they know about a subject. It’s when we ask questions or give learners clues to get learners to say what they know about a subject rather than the teacher giving the explanation.   Continue reading

Communicative Language Teaching

Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) is a latest and best approach for English Language Teaching. If we ask teachers what kind of teachers they are, nearly all of them will say they are communicative teachers but, unfortunately most of the language teachers don’t have any idea about CLT. The video below is between Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury, who are the piooners of CLT.  They interview each other and adress some questions about CLT.

Tips for Flashcards

Flashcards are important assets for EFL classrooms. Course books come with flashcards and nowadays one can easily find cards in the internet. In my school before I go into the classroom, I always search some cards about the topics.  Most of the teachers use flashcards to teach vocabulary, but we as teachers are not creative about using cards. Here there are some ideas about it

 

Whole Brain Teaching(Power Teaching)

 

We know that yelling and scolding doesn’t work any more. Schools are dangerous places. According to the National Center for Education statistics, in 2007 there were “1.5 million victims of non fatal crimes at school.The behavior of challenging kids cannot be improved by heavier doses of punishment. Punishment makes them more rebellious. Most challenging kids genuinely want to be part of the classroom environment ;this is why they work so hard to get everyone’s attention. Kids want to laugh and play Whole Brain Teaching produces classrooms that are full of orderly fun. Continue reading