18. Learner Training

9 08 2010

Ms. Amy Lightfoot, Teacher Trainer, UK delivered a lecture entitled Teaching the horse to drink : say goodbye to empty vessels- Learner Training during the Fifth International and Forty-first Annual ELT@I  Conference, organized by the Department of English, Anna Adarsh College for Women, Anna Nagar, Chennai from 5th to 7th August 2010.

The following are excepts from her lecture:

Learner training is particularly important for those who are learning English in a large class. Learner training involves :

* Considering student ‘motivation’

* Shifting ‘responsibility’

* Encouraging ‘reflection’

* Developing study skills

* Building confidence

* Encouraging experimentation

For some teachers helping students learn  how to learn may require a shift in style of teaching. It is important to remember that our attitude to the language we are learning can shape our motivation for learning it. Teachers should consciously try to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.

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