How should we teach foreign language?
Active learning/teaching is the pedagogical approach which highlights motivating learners to be engaged in the classroom doings. It is frequently defined as taking part in activities involving them in lively performance and developing thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and assessment.
In my point of view, there are some noteworthy ways to involve students during a lecture such as short demonstrations, surveyed by class debate as well as the 20 -30 guided PPT lecture, followed by expounding, discussing and particularizing the material.
I am convinced that discussion is essential for a lecture, as an instrument to advance active learning skills and to motivate students toward further learning, or else to mature students’ thinking skills.
The point I am making is that; instead of asking/ answering questions about active learning, I am going to talk about active teaching.
For me – teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of conventional teaching.
I am for blended learning which means – taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and possibilities given by new technologies.
Some say that: participants in online classes seem to be more involved and engaged in lesson activities than students in conventional classes.
In my opinion, we are able to activate our learners equally in both situations.
Getting decent communication in different educational settings requires altered teaching approaches.
This enables us to change them from passive learners to active students.
But how to help them learn actively and meaningfully, it is a separate issue.
Active learning involves providing opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject. (Meyers & Jones, 1993, p. 6)
Confucius’s aphorism should not be forgotten.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. (Page 75 Instruction at FSU Handbook 2011)
By doing and practicing, we build our long term memory library.
Short term recollection is formed mostly by memorizing, which is unfortunately assessed in majority of schools.
My experience tells that I ought to practice active learning principles to progress activities for my students that best mirror my particular communication style and the topics, forms of thinking, and strategies to the problems which are needed to understand and relate to the topics.
This is how I work on creating my “active learners”.
Looking for answers to the most common questions: what, when, where, who, why, why don’t, how etc. is always the starting point.
As a result of our discussion – we are able to put together part of incompetent content knowledgeable student with fully involved learner and self-motivated thinker.