Publié le 29 Avril 2017

When we were kids playing in our garden one of my sisters used to throw the ball up real high and the ball would almost infallibly every time fall… on her head or on her…

You may laugh and a few people will find this funny… but the funniest thing about this is had she tried to do precisely this that she would probably never have succeeded…


Years ago I used to teach in a language schools where teachers –and particularly one of them, Paul- would pick up his newspaper every morning on his way to work… and pick an article that day that he would force onto his students all day… irregardless of the students levels, needs and objectives…


I dread to think what a horrible lesson the students had… and wonder how they never complained… although the day the head of training of their biggest client -where Paul spent most of his day- suddenly changed and the new one immediately changed language school…

 

What Paul did is simply not teaching and for many reasons… the idea might have work for a conversation class of advanced students… although nothing could be further from the truth… or more remote from teaching…

Paul had been selected because he was a ‘native’ and thus promoted to ‘English teacher’… and the treatment he enforced on his students is akin to torture…

Those students most probably had no need of what the articles offered… and most probably no idea what an American newspaper’s view on politics meant… the students were probably not aware or au fait of what the article was on about and/or didn’t care… and hadn’t asked for it… or needed it in the course of the English they needed at work… but -since Paul did neither listen to nor care about his students- he never knew that… with such ‘teachers’ students only went on from English course to English course without ever learning English properly… and ending more depressed and less motivated ever time…

 

Our brain, our memory doesn’t register things that are thrown at us unexpectedly or unwantedly… unneeded unheeded… only a fool would believe this…

Our brain needs logic and logistics…

 

The same goes for all those teachers who still apply the ‘all English’ or ‘English only’ approach… they might be talking to a brick wall… some people called it the ‘natural way’… as if being spoken to in a foreign tongue for hours on end had anything natural about it… teaching is making learning accessible…

The language students who learn by themselves by picking English or any language as they go along choose their language… and consciously or unconsciously arrange and organise their language acquisitions… and thus and therefore progress… they will regularly find out and look for extension to what they know and need…

They are in fact their own teachers… writing their own course…

They may never pass an English language exam… and may never need one either… but end up mastering the language very well if not better…

 

With or without a good English teacher those students will still need a good course book to get there… as only a well-designed course gets results… but never will learning English be as good and as efficient than with a good course book that takes the students where their objectives lie…

A good course book not only meets objectives but give the students all necessary support and assistance to meet those objectives…

 

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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