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CUTM 4012: Methods of Teaching English. Week 2: Learner Characteristics. Coming In Activity (Option A). Think about these questions and write down your thoughts. What were your favorite activities as a child? What did you enjoy doing in your free time? What were you good at?

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cutm 4012 methods of teaching english

CUTM 4012: Methods of Teaching English

Week 2: Learner Characteristics

coming in activity option a
Coming In Activity (Option A)

Think about these questions and write down your thoughts.

  • What were your favorite activities as a child?
  • What did you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • What were you good at?
  • What were you interested in?
  • What characteristics made you unique as a child?
  • How were you different from your brothers, sisters, friends or cousins?
  • Did any of these characteristics affect how you learned?
coming in activity option b
Coming In Activity (Option B)

Think about these questions and write down your thoughts.

  • Imagine an innovative classroom in which children are learning in many ways. The classroom can include whatever you want it to.
    • What would the children be doing?
    • What would the classroom look like?
    • How could the classroom accommodate children with lots of different talents and interests?
  • What characteristics made you unique as a child?
  • How were you different from your brothers, sisters, friends or cousins?
  • Did any of these characteristics affect how you learned?
objectives
Objectives

Upon completion of your studies for Week 2, you should be able to:

  • Name several characteristics of young learners.
  • Name several characteristics of adolescent learners.
  • Show awareness of individual differences in learners.
  • Identify developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language learning.
  • Focus on Young Learners: Name features of a stimulating classroom environment appropriate for young learners.
  • Focus on Young Learners: Identify learning strategies that are appropriate for young learners—e.g., singing, games, etc.
  • Focus on Young Learners: Be aware of characteristics of teachers who work well with young learners.
overview of today s class
Overview of Today’s Class

Task 1: Characteristics of young learners

Mini-lecture: Individual differences and teaching strategies

Task 2: Application of teaching strategies

Reflection on your own learning preferences

task 1 characteristics of young learners
Task 1: Characteristics of Young Learners

In Buzz Groups, share your notes in response to the “Coming In” questions.

Use the HANDOUT. List ways children commonly behave and activities they naturally enjoy. Explain why.

List individual differences children exhibit. Think of children you know who exhibit those differences.

List features of a stimulating environment that would support individual differences and enjoyable activities.

Write the group’s ideas on the charts around the room.

post task discussion
Post-Task Discussion

What commonalities do you notice on the charts?

task 2 teaching strategies
Task 2: Teaching Strategies

Choose an attainment target from an MOE Teachers’ Guide. Then choose a student description from the HANDOUT.

Use the HANDOUT. Brainstorm instructional strategies that are appropriate for helping your chosen student achieve the attainment target you selected. Scribes should take notes.

After 6 - 7 minutes, all group members, except the scribe, move to a different group. The scribe stays in place.

Each scribe explains the attainment target and the characteristics of the young child to the new group members who then expand the instructional strategies list. After 4 – 5 minutes, repeat the group switch. Continue until you have visited 3 or more groups.

post task discussion1
Post-Task Discussion

How do the strategies apply to:

  • The specific individual differences exhibited by the students in the three profiles?
  • Learning that utilizes activities young children naturally enjoy?
  • The Attainment Targets you have chosen?
  • Teacher characteristics that support active learning?
end of class reflection
End-of-Class Reflection
  • How did your own learner characteristics and individual differences influence the way you learned while completing Week 2’s lesson?
  • Are you a person who works well independently in the online Moodle environment? Or, do you prefer the face-to-face classroom environment? Why or why not?
  • Are you more of a visual learner or an auditory learner? For example, do the video clips improve your learning?
  • Do you usually learn more or less from working in small groups?
wiki assignment
Wiki Assignment

Your team’s Wiki should include:

  • List of activities young children naturally enjoy plus explanations of why they enjoy them
  • List of stimulating features in classroom environments for young children
  • List of individual differences children exhibit
  • Explanation of teaching strategies appropriate for young children in relationship to one or more MOE “English for Me” attainment targets.
  • Reflection thoughts from group members