Compiled by Jennifer Chow
On May 14th, #CdnELTchat enthusiasts discussed assumptions that teachers and students had in #ELT. It was very useful to uncover and question our assumptions because they can impact the way we interact with our students, and the way they interact with each other.
Here are the highlights of the tweets for each question:
Q1: What assumptions do students in your classes have about #ELT?
- passive learning and active learning
- ownership of learning
- student learning
- cross-cultural awareness
Q2: Have your assumptions about ELT changed since you began teaching? How so?
- unpaid hours
- PPP model (Presentation, Production, Practice)
- English-only policy
- the fun factor
Q3: What assumptions do teachers have about their students that may negatively impact their teaching practice? How can teachers avoid making these assumptions?
- the best way to teach/learn
- student behaviour, motivation and behaviour
Q4: What assumptions do students in your classes have about particular groups of people? What strategies do you use to challenge these assumptions?
- intercultural perspectives
- safe classrooms
If you’re on Twitter, you can follow a Twitter chat by searching for #CdnELTchat hashtag, but we’ve also collected the relevant tweets. Because the conversation was so wide-ranging, all the questions and answers have been collected in this summary on Wakelet.
We’ve created a Google Doc with ideas for further reading and resources: http://bit.ly/ChallengingAssumptionsinELT. Thanks to everyone who shared resources! Please add any additional links and resources that you have found useful; we will continue to update this Doc as well.
We collect questions and comments for each chat on this Padlet. There are always more questions than we can discuss in an hour-long chat, so we are sharing these extra questions for self-reflection or for tweeting your thoughts using the hashtag #CdnELTchat.
- What assumptions do administrators and other stakeholders have about #ELT
- What are you going to differently as a result of our chat?
If you’re new to Twitter or curious about how a Twitter chat works, you can check out this post on the BC TEAL blog, How to join a Twitter chat. The #CdnELTchat community on Twitter is always helpful, and the #CdnELTchat team can also answer questions. Just tweet or DM any of us: Augusta (@ELTAugusta), Bonnie (@EALstories), and Jennifer (@jennifermchow), or Svetlana (@StanzaSL).
Jennifer is passionate about learning how technology can empower her students. After experiencing how technology enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find the same opportunities for her students. Twitter: @jennifermchow