Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure. To begin with, homework is usually loaded with negative connotations. How can we turn homework into an effective language learning opportunity?
It is important to consider the teaching and learning context when we examine the homework issue:
Homework… should we or shouldn’t we? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? Are we really helping our learners develop their language skills or are we merely complicating their lives? Here are my favourite four arguments for and against giving learners homework:
The case for #1: Class time isn’t enough and learners need extra practice
Homework setting sometimes becomes an automatic reflex in my classes and its fit with my lessons and syllabus is dubious.