Sense of progress 8 of 10: classic texts

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It wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t spent half the weekend scouring through methodology books. There is a lot to share.

For example, Tricia Hedge in Teaching and Learning recommends self-assessment activities like a ‘How much have you learned?’ questionnaire, and suggests that a task like this can be done in pairs and then complemented by the teacher’s assessment.


Jeremy Harmer in The Practice of English language teaching mentions learner journals – an excellent way to build more reflection into lessons and give a sense of progress and belonging to the students. And even though Scott Thornbury warns against the evil of testing, Jon Taylor (perhaps not the biggest luminary, but the author of one of my favourite books – The Minimax Teacher) suggests that students should test each other: “Frequent testing is useful, challenging and fun”.

And here’s one more important thought from Jon Taylor: “When we talk about whether or not a class is learning, we really need to examine the progress of each individual. A class of 30 students is a group of 30 individuals, not a 30-fold learning army.”

P.S. Thanks for your support on FB and Twitter, guys! It seems that the topic is close to our collective ELT heart.


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  1. Pingback: Sense of progress 10 of 10: putting it all together | Kate's Crate

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