A Teacher's Guide to Teaching Languages

Book Two - Introduction

The biggest flaw in every language learning environment is the antiquated methods of teaching. Before you start getting upset with me, I do agree that this is not the fault of the teacher. The fault lies in the belief that language must be learned as an academic exercise where the teacher uses most of the class time lecturing about grammar rules, making the student listen and repeat vocabulary and spending little time on actual conversation. This is basically teaching them how to fail - again, not the fault of the teacher. I've seen students get very high marks in their classes, getting up to advanced lessons by their graduation. But once they're outside the classroom, they can barely get out a sentence to order a meal.

In order to successfully learn a language and make it stick, the student needs to think. They need to see the problem and, using any previous lesson material, logically find the solution they need. They may need to enlist the help of other students in the classroom. Of course, mistakes will be made in the beginning, but as the student continues to use the solution they came up with and refines it through use and practice, these mistakes eventually go away.

In this section you'll read how to set up the classroom in a way that maximizes the student's learning capabilities and how you can help in maximizing the student's learning skills. I'll be using Spanish for the the language examples. On this website you'll find examples using other popular languages.

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