Much discussion has been going on recently about the reverse methods advanced by some teachers, where the actual ‘learning’ (understood as going over new concepts) happens outside class, and the ‘practice’ takes place in the classroom.
I have been teaching a bit like this lately, taking benefit from having a cohort which are in their early twenties – all of them with access to the Internet and time to spare. Until now I had been using Moodle for expansion or extended practice of what was seen in class, and general feedback was very positive, although adults complained about the time they wished they had in order to go over the materials. Since I follow a mixed model with my younger students – not the one proposed below – results depend greatly upon student commitment to self-study, and cannot be widely assumed to work better. What I can tell you that it does happen is a lot more talking and discussing in class, more time for listening and vocabulary expansion, and much more language in context. I feel we spend very little time on the textbook, and an awful lot on ‘English’.
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