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The importance of engaging language learners


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The value of engaging learners cannot be overemphasised. Fine out here why.

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The importance of engaging language learners

  1. 1. Engaging our students is critical to improving their learning Presented by Andrew Weiler 2014 Andrew Weiler © 2014 2
  2. 2. - to make an effort to understand and deal with someone or something Andrew Weiler © 2014 3
  3. 3. We all learned our first language. It was not a download! Andrew Weiler © 2014 4
  4. 4. We learned by getting absorbed by the activity Insist on yourself. Never imitate. Ralph Waldo Emerson Andrew Weiler © 2014 5
  5. 5. We had incomparable powers of noticing and attention Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of attention. Jim Rohn Andrew Weiler © 2014 6
  6. 6. We didn’t like being asked to do something we did’t want to do! Andrew Weiler © 2014 7
  7. 7. What works is being challenge at our level. Engagement is the key to that! Andrew Weiler © 2014 8
  8. 8. What happens when we go to school? Many times we need to passively listen to the teacher. People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie Andrew Weiler © 2014 9
  9. 9. Of course there are changes as we grow up! We need to deal with them as well. No man can succeed in a line of endeavour he does not like. Napoleon Hill Andrew Weiler © 2014 10
  10. 10. Some are to do with habits of thought and the emotions we generate. Andrew Weiler © 2014 11
  11. 11. One answer in classes is to make sure students are being involved and engrossed in what they do. Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient of success. Denis Waitley Andrew Weiler © 2014 12
  12. 12. We can show them that languages is all about creating a lot from a little? one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty one twenty two twenty three twenty four twenty five twenty six twenty seven twenty eight twenty nine thirty one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fif twenty How many words do we have to learn to be able to count to 999,999? Andrew Weiler © 2014 13
  13. 13. Is all language learning be like this? The greatest danger for most of us lies in not setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. Michelangelo Andrew Weiler © 2014 14
  14. 14. "Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." North American Indian saying Andrew Weiler © 2014 15
  15. 15. The Story of Professor Agassiz and the Fish is a great story that tells us many things about what teachers need to do AND about what learners need to do! We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. John Holt. Andrew Weiler © 2014 16
  16. 16. Discover from this table: - how many ways we can say “a” - When do the sounds change - Which other letters cause it to change? - In what spelling environments does it change? - Etc Enjoy the challenge!  Andrew Weiler © 2014 17
  17. 17. Andrew Weiler • Website/Blog: • • • • • • Email: Linked In: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook Book: @Andrew_Weiler Leave your name and email address (at least) if you wish to be informed about or involved in trialling of spelling APP development. – leave your name on sheet outside of room, or just leave your business card. Andrew Weiler © 2014 18