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
My previous post concluded with the assertion that homework assignments must now be designed in light of the fact that they will be done using Google Translate. In addition, these tasks must also abide by the three rules in which I firmly believe: 1) Homework should not be busy-work. Its purpose must be clear. 2) Students must be able to do it independently. 3) The tasks won't take the teacher hours to check! Google translate is very useful when an assignment is used as a preparation for what will be taught in class. Some call it "flipping your classroom".
These days it seems as if my students have had their cell phones attached directly to their bodies. They can easily go online anytime. If they aren't surfing on their cell phones then you will find them doing so at home on their computers. When students have access to Google they also have access to "Google Translate". And once they've started pasting or typing their homework into that magical box which spews out translations in L1 instantly, there is no turning back.
I am sure you also have students who do not do their homework. This must be one of the most common problems of us as the teachers. And I am one of those teachers. My Problem
The students who don’t do their homework. What I always do
Dear Colleagues,Christmas and New Year are coming. Are you planning to give your YLs and teenagers any holiday homework? Or do you consider they should have no any?If you are planning: what kind of funny holiday homework do you usually give?I will be happy to hear from you. Best Wishes,SonyaM