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Teaching Mixed Ability and Beginner Classes in Higher Education Jo Eastlake SOAS Teacher Trainer Languages of the Wider World CETL j.eastlake@soas.ac.uk. What do we mean by Mixed Ability in the Higher Education Language Class? What are we referring to?.

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Teaching Mixed Ability and Beginner Classes in Higher Education

Jo Eastlake

SOAS Teacher Trainer

Languages of the Wider World CETL

j.eastlake@soas.ac.uk

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What do we mean by Mixed Ability in the Higher Education Language Class?

What are we referring to?

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Students from different socio-cultural and learning backgrounds

Other learning variables among the students. Also SEN students.

Students of different levels. “False” beginners?

Other learning and negative/positive prior learning experiences. Effective learning (and social!) strategies.

Young adults and mature students.

Different access to education and educational resources (including technology)

Other languages and varieties the students bring to the class

Heritage and background learners

j.eastlake@soas.ac.uk

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Suggestions for Case Study one:

Collaborative homework tasks e.g. students are required to produce and record a listening text such as a dialogue in the target language.

Tasks involving learner-generated materials. For some learners this could include the development e.g. word lists and word maps. Explanation and illustration of grammar points (to upload to VLE) to support a way of learning that is more familiar to them.

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Suggestions for case study 2

Open-ended Project work. “Strong” and “weaker” students could be grouped together respectively, therefore leaving them to take the project to own level.

Peer Teaching projects. Stronger students required to design materials for class or group to support the learning of characters. Students “tutor” their group for 5 to 10 minutes every lesson.

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Suggestions for case study 3

Use learner’s knowledge as much as possible in class

Set up “paper” conversation activities in class.

Ensure he knows how he’s assessed (regarding the use of the “Standard”)

Include communicative strategies etc. as part of the assessment.

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Can encourage collaborative learning and in turn develop a vibrant learning community in the class

“Divergent Classrooms can become learning communities – communities in which each participant makes significant contributions to the emergent understandings of all members, despite having unequal knowledge concerning the topic under study” (Palincsar, Brown and Campione, 1993).

May support social understandings of SLA theory e.g. language learning as participation in a community of practice.(e.g. Participation metaphor in SLA, Lantolf and Pavlenko 2000)

On a transactional level, learners will be practised in communicating with speakers who have different skills in the language.

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Thank you!

Jo Eastlake

SOAS Teacher Trainer

Languages of the Wider World CETL

j.eastlake@soas.ac.uk

useful resources
Useful resources:
  • Mixed –Ability Teaching in Language Learning. By Susan Ainslie and Susan Purcell. CILT publications 2001.
  • The Adult Language Learner. Edited by Lore Arthur and Stella Hurd. 1992
  • Dialogue Activities. By Nick Bilbrough. CUP 2007.
  • Dictation. By Paul Davis and Mario Rinvolucri. CUP 1988.
  • DIY techniques for language learners By María Fernández-Toro & Francis R Jones. CILT publications 2008.
  • And references ……..
  • Block, D. The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition. Edingburgh Texts in Applied Linguistics. 2003.
  • Lantolf, J. Social- Cultural Theory in Second Language Learning. OUP 2000.
  • Smith P,K, and Pellegrini A. Psychology of Education. Taylor and Francis. 2000