What is the role of students in your teaching process? Do they just formally sit in your lessons as an impersonal group of people or do they take part in your exercises with their own experience? Do we use our students` experience as a motivation source for learning?
When speaking or writing activities are connected with students` life it motivates them to express themselves because they share personality-relevant information. What do our students do with more interest? Would they prefer telling us about a character he or she has just read or telling us about information which he or she has just found out from his or her partner?
My observation of this process helps me to say that when students use their own experience it:
- Teaches them how to express their thoughts and ideas in English.
- Makes them more self-confident.
- Helps them to memorize the vocabulary which is important for them.
When we want our students tell us about their life we should keep in mind that there are always things that students don`t want to discuss in the classroom. That is why it is necessary to include such kind of experience which can`t interfere with the private life of students.
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