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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Organic learning and intuition

There's some great stuff in the following two articles: Organic learning and Trust your instincts:the virtues of spontaneity and personalisation. The authors stress that we should plan less and let the lesson generate itself from the conversation that arises. Right on! I utilize this approach with my BE 1to1s and it works amazingly well.


  • At 1:34 AM, Blogger Cleve said…

    Have you checked out the Yahoo Group "Dogme"? Founded by Scott Thornbury, it explores material-lite/free classes and emergent syllabi.

  • At 7:42 AM, Blogger AJ said…

    Wu Wei

    Very nice... love the article in the Guardian. Also love the idea of letting "lessons" spontaneously arise from conversations.

    A supplement to this would be the use of exclusively authentic materials. For example, instead of plodding through a textbook... have everyone bring a copy of the day's newspaper to class. If conversation slows... its easy to glance at a headline and say, "so what do you think of_________"

  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger Czech TEFLer said…

    Cleve: Thanks for mentioning the Dogme Yahoo Group. Have been there for a few days already. It's always packed with thought-provoking ideas and I find it well worth the read.

    AJ: Good idea, will certainly give it a try someday.


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