Written by Rossana Quiroz, M.A.
In order to answer this question, I think it is important to reflect on two things: what motivated us to learn a foreign language and what motivates us to teach it? This reflection helps us understand the challenges our students face and gives us the tools to deliver meaningful lessons so our students can improve their motivation and language skills.
By Rossana Quiroz
As educators, we look for the resources that can help us incorporate new teaching trends and improve our professional knowledge. In addition to these sources, one can also benefit from class observations. Taking the time to visit our colleagues’ classes will open up a variety of helpful tools as well as an opportunity for reflection.
That advice resonated in my mind and I became more aware of my students’ performance during the lesson. I keep in mind a simple question when planning an activity: how meaningful is it to my students’ needs? The answer to that question comes from two sources: planned and unplanned learning opportunities.
Not every class is the same nor their specific needs. One of the things that has helped me face the challenges and learn from them was reflection. Reflecting on teaching ideas from; reflecting on previous activities and reflecting on my students´ interests. Now, what does this reflection lead to and what does it trigger?
Both adults and children develop their communicative competence at different paces. How can we help them to accomplish their communication goals, regardless of their level of proficiency?
I will focus on two strategies that not only help low level students, but all language learners:
1. Building rapport