I recently attended a webinar hosted by Jeremy Harmer, author of several ESL books. The webinar was to promote his new series, Just Right .
I have a copy of the book, and it looks great. It is an integrated skills text, that would fit in any classroom.
However, I wanted to talk about one of Harmer's ideas that he discussed. The idea was for students to take ownership over their learning. By this, what he meant was for teachers to help students gain a better understanding of what and why they are learning. His examples were with vocabulary, which he had placed in three categories:
- Trash Can
I loved the analogy, and I loved the idea. As he commented, many teachers are always telling students, "learn this" and "remember that". Why not get the students to show deeper interest in what they learn and why?
If you want more info on Harmer, here is his blog:
Jeremy Harmer's Blog
What do you think about this idea? Do you have any interesting ways to get students to take ownership of their learning? I would love to hear them.