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Adult Learning: Pedagogy and andragogy

  Learning can be both an emotional and intellectual process. Teaching–learning process lasts the entire life span of each individual. Adult learning allows an adult to acquire, renew, upgrade, or complete knowledge, skill, and attitude for functioning effectively in a constantly changing working environment.  “Teachers can never truly teach, unless they...

DEVELOPING LEARNER AUTONOMY IN ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES CONTEXTS FOCUSING ON PRESESSIONAL AND INSESSIONAL YEAR 1 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Autonomy development: tutor, learner and peer roles, learner training and the balance between support provision and autonomy scaffolding The development of the skills presented in the introductory article on learner autonomy requires the combined effort of tutors, learners and learner peers. This article will discuss their vital role in this process and...

Can a leopard change its spots?

It was one of the first few times I was interviewing candidates for a teacher training course. I remember being quite nervous myself trying to make complete strangers feel comfortable enough to maybe get a glimpse of their motives by asking for their reasons for taking the course and their expectations. And there was that young confident teacher, ticking...

A teacher’s tale

When I embarked on my CELTA course there was no way I could imagine I would now be a CELTA Tutor and Assessor as well as a DELTA tutor and even a teacher development centre owner! By Alexander Makarios, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, co-owner of ACE TEFL As a young man, I wasn’t sure I wanted to work as a teacher. Teaching seemed particularly challenging...

OK HOW DO I TEACH THE VERY LITTLE ONES?

The teaching of English in the pre-primary classroom is often characterised by a blended whole-child/academic approach to learning. What is the difference between the whole-child and more traditional language-focussed or academic approaches?   The whole-child approach, rather than directing teachers in their explicit academic instruction, seeks to...

Are You Where You Need To Be?

    It so often seems to me that education is a world with kings but no prophets. It has those who have power but lacks those to guide and find a way through its and life’s confusions. There is a need for a new perspective on education, on its purpose and its responsibilities. There are few great causes or crusades anymore but education is one that...

Teaching the Guerilla Way

Obviously, Guerilla is no Gorilla and luckily as parents, we have overcome the need to carry our babies on our chest everywhere. Or not? Let’s leave the question open, to analyze it in another article or you can provide a few answers to exchange our views. You are all welcome! Guerilla teaching is a brilliant idea and it has borrowed its name from the...

Definition of ‘learner autonomy’, skills associated with autonomous learners and its significance in Higher Education and beyond

The term was first coined in 1979 by Henri Holec, who is considered to be the "father" of learner autonomy. Various definitions have since been used, depending on the writer, the context, and the level of educators involved in the discussion about this term. Holec defines autonomy as ‘the ability to take charge of one's own learning", while Holmes and...

How children learn

Knowing how children learn their first language can help us teach them a second language. All children can speak at least one language when they come to school. Think about how they learned their first language. Think about how your baby acquired his/her first language. Text by Anastasia Spyropoulou Your baby’s brain is built over time. It starts during...

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