This is the second installment of the Learner Autonomy material which featured at SGI’s CPD Club and some bits also at the TESOL France Colloquium. The first part is on authenticteaching.
Have you ever involved learners in choosing the classroom layout?
Do it, you won’t regret it!
Communicative competences are important (of course!). But there’s more, for learning to be holistic we also need:
– a person’s ability to be aware of surrounding environment and its impact on him*;
– his ability to use or change his settings to help him achieve his goals without inappropriately destroying the setting or reducing his sense of effectiveness or that of the people around him.
“Buildings may outlast the theories of education on which their design was based, and create problems for later users who have different ideas” (Meighan and Harber, 2007). [This seems to happen to me quite a lot :-)]
Change, adapt, move stuff around – help your learners find the best classroom layout for their learning.
And yes, go out more too!
*in ’73 him also meant her 😉