Teaching and Learning Collaboratively
T. L. C.
Elana Cheshin and Sarah Cove
Teaching and Learning Collaboratively (TLC)
In this short talk the speakers will share some of the benefits they have each experienced in
teaching and learning collaboratively within various EFL contexts. Both speakers are
experienced teachers, teacher trainers, and developers of EFL instructional materials.
Educators sometimes find themselves isolated in their classrooms, having to cope with multiple
challenges relating to classroom management, pedagogical issues, administrative and other
challenges. Our experience has repeatedly taught us that a little TLC (teaching/learning
collaboration) goes far in assisting educators in coping with challenges, and arriving at creative
solutions that are the results of such collaboration.
The power of synergy, where one plus one equals three, is something that all teachers and
learners can benefit from. Wherever there are people, there is the potential to collaborate and
harness this positive energy.
The speakers will share from their own separate personal experiences working collaboratively
with other teachers and with learners. They will also share their joint experiences as
collaborative partners in the development of EFL materials.
Suggestions for teaching and learning collaboratively on three parallel levels; teacher-teacher,
teacher-learner, and learner-learner will be discussed.
We all have much to gain through TLC!
1. TLC = _________________________________
2. Read these sentences. Work with a partner and paraphrase them.
A woman without her man is nothing.
The spy saw the cop with the binoculars
Flying planes can be dangerous.
Visiting friends can be boring.
This story shows what evil men can do.
Did you gain a different understanding of the sentences?
Did you reach a consensus about the meanings of the sentences?
How did you feel while working with a partner?
3. Complete these sentences:
When someone puts me down, I feel _____________________________
When someone shows confidence in me, I feel ______________________
When I show confidence in someone else, s/he feels _________________ and I
4. Write a word under each picture.
_____________ _____________ _____________
5. Three levels of teaching and learning collaboratively:
6. Write the answers to the questions you hear:
Now listen again and discuss the answers with a partner. Do you want to change
any of your answers?
How many did you get right? ___________
Teacher – learner
Language experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hd0mMAwHuk
Paired reading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Q7Bkca_yw&feature=related
Peer assessment: (Link to an article)
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