Harsh is involved in a wide range of ELT activities through the many different roles and responsibilities he has in his current job. He began his career as a literature teacher but, after attending a programme on linguistics and ELT decided to move into language teaching. An important influence on his development as a teacher was the book: ‘Pedagogy of the oppressed’ which he feels transformed his approach to teaching. Harsh strongly believes that the role of the learner is more important than the role of the teacher and he tells a story which illustrates very aptly, as well as humorously, the importance of a learner centred approach for effective teaching and learning.
- What are the learners' roles in your classes?
- How do learners' roles help or hinder learning?
- Do you agree that teaching has to be seen from the learners' perspective?
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