Who’s afraid of the near peer?

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Jade Blue writes for the Cambridge blog about the near-peer phenomenon in language learning and suggests that having a role model whose language competence is comparable to yours is very beneficial: it “has the potential to both empower the learner and to contribute to more effective acquisition of language”. Now I have even more questions: if the idea is shared with mixed-ability classes, what will higher level students say? Is it beneficial to be a near-peer? And how about non-native speaker teachers, should students consider them near-peers as well?

What do you think?

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