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Teaching across age levels

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Jano Olivares

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of Teaching across age levels

Introducction Chapter 6 Learner variables I
Teaching across age levels Age Levels: Who are your learners?

Teaching Adults.
Teaching Children.
Teaching Teenagers. Why are they learning? Where are they learning? Teaching adults Higher cognitive abilities and more self confidence. They easily adapt to any learning context. They can easily handle any rule. Things to have in mind when we are teaching adults Help them to create their own language learning conditions or knowledge, so they can apply it to a social context (Cooperative learning). Don’t treat them as children. Reason with them When they are acquiring a language, they have to make an affective and a cognitive effort. Teaching children 5 practical approaches 1.- Intellectual development: Abstract language should be explained in detail and in a basic way. 2.- Attention Span 3.- Sensory Input 4.- Affective Factors 5.- Authentic, Meaningful Language Teaching Teens Attention Spans Variety of sensory inputs Keep self-esteem high Avoiding embarrassment
Affirming their talents
Allowing mistakes
De-emphasizing competition
Encouraging small-group work Here and now Variety of activities Classroom as a stage Sense of humor Natural curiosity Physical activity Sensory aids Own nonverbal language Laugh at mistakes Build self-esteem but firm Oral participation Canned language
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