Demand High ELT

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A proposal for a more challenging ELT.(64b)

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  • Hi Jim,

    Thanks for making the slides available here. I saw your presentation at the IATEFL in Glasgow and left it with a feeling that Demand High Teaching has to be widely disseminated. This is what I'll be doing this Friday in our staff meeting. I hope your slides remain online for a long time!
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Demand High ELT

  1. 1. JimScrivenerAdrianUnderhill
  2. 2. 8suppositions
  3. 3. Much contemporary teaching is“good-enough” … but not better
  4. 4. TheCommunicativeApproach hassettled down intoa safe, peaceful,dead-end
  5. 5. Most teaching is demand-low challenge-low “fear of intervention”
  6. 6. We use our students asour excuse “humanistic” = “being nice to students “ “facilitation” = “being nice to students “
  7. 7. We no longerknow how to workup-close, in-the-moment,with language There is a taint of guilt to doing any demanding hands- on language work
  8. 8. We teach at a distance from learning,rather than getting up-close
  9. 9. We have created systems (in schools,ministries, international bodies etc)that encourage, validate, reward andmaintain unadventurous, low-awarenessteaching and learning
  10. 10. so …
  11. 11. It really is ok to “teach”
  12. 12. Skilful interventionsare a crucial teaching tool
  13. 13. Categories of Key Teacher InterventionsClassroom Management Techniques Jim Scrivener
  14. 14. Creating and exploiting all the opportunities for learningFacilitation is an active, creative, shaping role not an abdicating one
  15. 15. Teachers canlearn to use much more muscular classroommanagement
  16. 16. Teachers canlearn to use much more muscular classroommanagement Break out of the chase for right answers
  17. 17. Look for learning .. not right answersWe can … challenge more demand more
  18. 18. Learn to give feedback rather than unearned praise Learn to say “No” or “Not good enough yet”
  19. 19. Encourage teachers to take the risk of hands-on language work
  20. 20. What was the mistake? Which words have the most stress in the sentence?What other words could you put instead of “will”? Say it in another different way!
  21. 21. Wordpool test week Iabout think willwill think a a teacher give what ournext our next be us that us that
  22. 22. Encourage teachers to take the risk of hands-on language work … learning to open up questions rather than “closing down”
  23. 23. We can study learning ourselves, find ways to get up-close to the learning Move from activities done ritualistically… to ones done with attention to the purpose and the learning
  24. 24. Our ways of training, inspecting & support must change.We must once again permit and encourage risk, falsesteps, experimentation, creativity …… ease the culture of “everything planned and writtendown in advance”, coursebook targets and checklists …and observations that “look for” rather than “look at”.We all have a role in re-inventing our profession.
  25. 25. We can assert that teaching is more art than science We can enjoy the mysteryExperts cannot tell us how to teachWe can make our own suppositions… then go into class and work as if they aretrue … just to see what happens.You do not need to know the answer beforeyou begin.
  26. 26. The argument for … Demand-High Teaching

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