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Give your opinion

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:17 am
by Mr.Libyan
When and how we could make our students plan their lessons and teach themselves?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:00 pm
by Ben
I'm still trying to figure out how to get them to do their homework and come to class on time!

Re: Give your opinion

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:32 pm
by Lynn
Mr.Libyan wrote:When and how we could make our students plan their lessons and teach themselves?
Your students must all be a bit more advanced than mine are. I often use the Socratic method, making my students find answers for themselves, but I don't think any of them could plan or teach a lesson of their own. I'd like to know how you get on with this project.

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:38 pm
by Mr.Libyan
Actually I don't have students right now, but since I'm interested in teaching issues, and I'm nearly to have my own classroom I would like to obtain lots of ideas for teaching and enhance teaching methods.
And I think trying to make our students self learners is better for them because they may leave the classes some day and they have to carry on learning by own self.
And teaching them the strategy of being self learners is so important.

Give your opinion

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:29 pm
by Cristiane So

If the topic interests your students they will be motivated to prepare something related to that.
For example, if the grammar point is 'must', you can ask some of them to explain it to class talking about their own obligations or the prohibitions of certain institutions.

Bring their realities to class.

Tell me if you try it.

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:18 am
by Heads Up Eng
I don't think we can get students to plan their own lessons. But we can motivate them to discover and experiment with language on their own. This could be researching a topic before or after a lesson, looking on the Internet for self-study materials, or purchasing ESL books and CDs.

In the classroom, it's not so hard for students to discover the target language without the teacher spoon-feeding the information. For example, if your lesson is on the simple past tense, explain and provide some examples for the /-t/, /-d/, and /-id/ sounds. You can then arrange students in pairs, distribute a worksheet with twenty key verbs, and have the students arrange the verbs accordingly. Students are using what you have just presented, using knowledge from past lessons, and thinking about the language together. Of course, if you don't present the target language, or ask students to figure out language above their level, then the activity becomes frustrating rather than an opportunity for discovery.

Chris Cotter
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