In my blog post Experimenting with English: scaffolding learner autonomy, I discussed how I approached helping my learners to use English outside the classroom, drawing on learner autonomy theory a...
Elena Manou's insight:
Scaffolding learner's autonomy, a handout providing a student-friendly record of ongoing activities and tasks to complete and evaluate. The feedback/ comment area helps students keep a record of their reaction to different tasks and will be a good discussion topic in class, monitoring students' self-confidence building and satisfaction in using English outside the classroom. It's an excellent way of giving instructions (links to instructions- vocaroo messages/ videos/ etc) and support to weaker students who would be extra motivated to work on their own pace. By setting a weekly discussion in class you facilitate collaboration and engage students in problem solving. Additionally, class discussion may give a gentle push to less willing or reluctant Ss to participate.
Phil Keegan talks to pronunciation expert Jonathan Marks about why teaching pronunciation is important. There are also a few practical tips on how to incorporate pronunciation work into your everyday teaching
“We can’t turn back,” Wolf said. “We should be simultaneously reading to children from books, giving them print, helping them learn this slower mode, and at the same time steadily increasing their immersion into the technological, digital age. It’s both. We have to ask the question: What do we want to preserve?”
Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagram.
“Myth: 82% thought that teaching children in their preferred learning style could improve learning outcomes. This approach is commonly justified in terms of brain function, despite educational and scientific evidence demonstrating that the learning-style approach is not helpful (Kratzig & Arbuthnott 2006).” Check The Myth of Learning Styles article and infographic to find more!