My teaching approach
THE HUMAN APROACH
mother is English and my farther Spanish so I have been raised with both
cultures but I never learnt English grammar or its rules, I learnt the language
by hearing it and repeating it, my mother used to speak to me in English and
play story tapes in English at night when I went to sleep and that way I
absorbed the language and learnt to communicate with it.
I believe that in order to learn a new language you must learn how to
communicate and think in a new way. Your mind needs to learn how to express
itself with a whole new system.
think the best way to learn this process is with real and active communication, to recreate, in a way, how a person
would learn if going to a foreign country with only the tools he has at his
would, step by step, need to learn what this or that word means and how to put
in a sentence or a determined structure. Language is something alive, you could
almost say that we breathe with it, so rules and regulations are only there to
guide us but are not necessary for learning such a process.
have studied different teaching methods and they are all valid in their own
way, even having very different approaches, but the one thing I find missing in
all of them is that they do not mention the students’ needs or situation. I
feel one should learn about your student
first so as to know his needs, capability, willingness and motivation and
then build on that, not the other way around in which we have a specific method
and all the students have to follow it regardless of their situation.
introducing the language to the student in a more practical way by use of recreating real life situations and ideas
he will find a more immediate use to what he is learning and it will be easier
for him to assimilate it.
this system to work at first we would have to do an interview to each student to be able to assess his level of the
language he wants to learn and also know the reason why. By doing the interview
we can also know what previous ways he has studied a language before (if any).
done this we can know exactly what level he needs to be in and the purpose of
his learning so the different groups of students can be formed accordingly.
The aim of teaching/learning is for the student to learn how to think and speak in the desired
language, in order for this to occur the target language must be the only one
spoken in class being able to make exceptions in the beginners levels but here
the native language may be only used in a comparative way and only if
absolutely necessary. Oral communication is basic for the students to start
learning the language. Vocabulary would be given priority. For the beginners it
would be with the very basic and for the rest of the groups depending on what
they need. Pronunciation for the lower levels would not be so relevant so as
not to slow down their learning, the priority is to get them understanding and
then slowly absorb the language.
idea is for the students to learn also culture of the target language alluding
to everyday life of people, for this, emphasis on them enjoying the experience
is crucial and the classes will be done in a fun and dynamic way in which they
learn the target language and its culture through role plays and debates and
The organization of the syllabus will be based upon real life situations, we would use
language which is used for example at the supermarket, at a bank, at a hotel,
etc…Or we would use topics to have discussions on different issues that might
concern or interest the students. Being this so there would be no fixed or
linear structure, the classes will build on what students already know or have
learnt and the new vocabulary or structures would be introduced as soon as they
seem ready to assimilate it, we might find it necessary to stay fixed on one
particular situation for a longer period of time if the students struggle with
it or find it specially hard. We would use dialogs to introduce vocabulary and
therefore these dialogs will be graded by the vocabulary.
The teachers’ role in the class is that of a friend or a colleague,
he is there to help, guide and assess the student in a friendly and interactive
way. The idea is for the teacher to introduce the material and situations for
the students and then monitorize their performance as an observer. When acting
out real life scenarios the teacher will assume the role of a “film director”
guiding the students through their characters. The teachers’ objective is to
make the class fun and dynamic so the students learn at the same time as they
enjoy the class. The students can also give opinions on what they want to learn
and give ideas for different activities they might find useful or interesting
for them. Another aspect the teacher will also have to bear in mind is the
students needs and character and by
knowing them get a better idea of what will interest them more.
knowing our students well we can increase
their motivation and with this help improve their focus and attention in
class so their learning process can be successful.
The characteristics of
will be to introduce the language and its meaning through the use in real
situations(pictures, pantomime, role plays ). New vocabulary is introduced in
sentences, situations and dialogs, the meaning of words or structures can be
explained with the help of gestures to enhance the meaning. The grammar is
learned implicitly, knowing the form before the rule, that way the students won’t
get bored having to memorize rules which will be learnt by absorbing the
language and just intuitively know how the word or structure goes. The native
language may be used in beginners levels but only if absolutely necessary, we
don’t want the student to get frustrated specially when starting. Correction is
applied when absolutely necessary. If not, give time for the learners to self-correct,
they will soon realize they are not doing it correctly and will look for the
correct form by themselves.
Evaluation will be done through observation
and it will imply how the students use the language and not demonstrating their
knowledge of it.
class will be one hour long and it will begin with a round of quick questions asking
the students what they have done or are going
to do, even if it is something regular like waking up or going to sleep.
we would start with the activities, first an activity on vocabulary,
introducing it through pictures or reading a text, or in high levels with audio
highlighting the new words. Having introduced the new vocabulary we would do an
activity to put those new words in use by way of a role play in a scenario were
we would use them and all the students have a part to play. If the group has
high enough level the role play can be substituted by a debate.
you can see the idea is for the students to learn the target language by way of
communication through real life situations and that way know what to say and
how to understand what is needed of them, by interacting they will absorb the
language faster and in a more practical way.