On the surface, teaching EFL/ESL is a straight forward subject. You help people with their English.
However, there's more to it.
The more you look, the deeper it goes. There are many moving parts in the EFL classroom, and if you want to be an effective English teacher, it's important to teach students the way they learn, and more importantly, teach English the way we use it!
We're going deep in this episode of the More Than English Podcast with Dr. Peter Crosthwaite Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. Peter shares some ideas to remember in your LISTENING, WRITING, and CONVERSATION classes as well as introduces us to some CORPORA software that will revolutionize how we research words in English.
This episode is a bit longer and a little dense with information, but if you are interested in taking your EFL classes and teaching to the next level, this is full of insight into the EFL/ESL world. Not to mention, Peter roasts Jesse in a few parts.
So, what if...
- we looked at conversation classes differently and focused on LISTENING and SPEAKING together.
- we used Corpus software to teach vocabulary words IN CONTEXT?
- we taught HOW TO LISTEN in different ways for different situations?
To find out more about Dr. Crosthwaite, find his bio here.
If I were to ask you what the best question is, what would you say? Of course it depends on the information you're looking for, but are there any questions that are more useful to growth, learning, or growing?
Think of the W questions... and H question (Who, What, Why, Where, When, How)
In this episode, Jesse explores what the he feels is the best question and the reason for it being the best question.
SPOILER ALERT: It's "why" followed by "how".
This is the question that's fundamental to learning. If you want to know the reason somebody did something, you ask 'why'? If somebody says something hurtful, you want to know why. If you want to make good decisions or understand the reason you've made a bad decision, you ask yourself 'why?'
Why is fundamental to learning. Followed closely by "how". In fact, these question compliment each other perfectly. First, you ask 'why', and then you can ask 'how', as in, "How can I + verb"
Do you agree?
I'd love to hear from you and know your opinion to this question. What is the best question?- If you could only choose one
Why More Than English?
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