Task based approach

In recent years a debate has developed over which approaches to structuring and planning and implementing lessons are more effective Task based learning offers an alternative for language teachers. In a task-based lesson the teacher doesn’t pre-determine what language will be studied, the lesson is based around the completion of a central task and the language studied is determined by what happens as the students complete it. The lesson follows certain stages:

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Using Flipped Learning Classrooms

     Flipped Learning is defined as a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.

 

 

 

 

 

How to teach and Use Flipped Learning Classrooms?.

Here are some tips and useful links:

  1. Flexible Environment
    Educators create flexible spaces where students choose when and where they learn. Additionally, educators who flip their classes are flexible in their expectations of student timelines for learning and in their assessments of student learning.
  2. Learning Culture
    In a Flipped Learning model, in-class time is dedicated to exploring topics in greater depth and creating rich learning opportunities. As a result, students are actively involved in knowledge construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning in a manner that is personally meaningful.
  3. Intentional Content
    Flipped Learning Educators determine what they need to teach and what materials students should handle on their own. Educators use Intentional Content to maximize classroom time in order to adopt methods of student-centered, active learning strategies, depending on grade level and subject matter.
  4. Professional Educator
    The role of a Professional Educator is even more important, and often more demanding, in a Flipped Classroom than in a traditional one. During class time, they need to observe students, providing them with instant feedback and an assessment their work. While Professional Educators take on less visibly prominent roles in a flipped classroom, they remain the essential part that enables Flipped Learning to occur successfully.

While the Flipped Learning model may not work for every class, the model represents an innovative approach to teaching with the potential to create active, engaged and learning-centered classrooms. FLN’s four suggested pillars serve as ways to help educators successfully implement a Flipped Learning model. 

Useful links

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Giving Feedback in ELT

The term feedback can apply to a number of classroom situations and procedures, but here it refers to a range of techniques employed by the teacher to facilitate responses from the students to an exercise or task.Click on here to find out more…

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  • Top feedback tips:

    1. Try and speak to each student individually on a regular basis.

    2. Keep the feedback related to your learning outcomes.

    3. Give students an opportunity to use your feedback.

    4.  Plan feedback into your lessons. Make it regular not just at the end of a lesson.Don’t make it formulaic and predictable. Change it up – error correct at different times throughout the lesson, give individual feedback, give class feedback, get the students to give peer feedback.

    5.BOOST your feedback. This useful acronym produced by Andi Roberts can help you when giving your learners feedback.

  • Balanced: Are you including a mixture of correction, praise and study tips?
  • Observed: Make sure you feedback on something you actually heard your student do.
  • Objective: Focus your feedback on how the student performed during the exercise. Try not to bring performance in other tasks or your opinions and expectations of the student into the feedback.
  • Specific: Give the students examples of their mistakes; rather than saying you made a lot of mistakes with the past simple, give an example. Focus praise on specific performance improvement and relate study tips to the language being practised.
  • Timely: Try and give feedback as soon after the activity has finished as possible. Storing all errors made until the end of the lessons means students are less likely to remember making the error and doesn’t allow them an opportunity to have a go with the language again and improve

Teaching Tips to Improve Student Literacy

Good teachers, effective teachers, manage to produce better achievement regardless of which curriculum materials, pedagogical approach, or reading program is selected.A series of studies have confirmed what was probably obvious from the beginning. Find out more…

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