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Emma Brown, 珠海德威国际高中英语教学组长
Emma Brown, Head of English
You might ask why is this important to English study?
Active Learning is a teaching and learning technique that puts students in charge of their own learning. It is engaging and interactive for students, and embedding Active Learning strategies into the English Curriculum enables our students to develop a deeper understanding of the materials they are studying. It is also very important because it allows students to direct their own learning and work as part of a team to explore texts in more depth. Through Active Learning activities, our children will have the opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas and improve their understanding of how language works.
How to apply Active Learning in English teaching?
In English, we provide a variety of Active Learning opportunities. One technique that we have embedded into our Language and Literature curriculums allows students to work in groups to explore how language is being used in the text that they are studying. Each group uses guided questions provided to help them explore the importance of language in a section of the text. Once the group has had time to analyse their section, they must then share the information they have gathered with the other groups. By the end of the lesson, each student has analysed the full text and developed their understanding of the extract they have studied.
We also use Active Reading techniques to enable students to improve their vocabulary. As we read new texts in class, students highlight words they do not know the meaning of, and are asked to add only two of those words on the whiteboard tables in our English classroom. They then have the opportunity to move around the room and add definitions, images or translations to the vocabulary to help their classmates with the difficult vocabulary.
What does Active Learning bring to students?
These kinds of activities enable our students to make excellent progress. Active Learning also gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop their communication skills which is essential for them as they prepare for life and study outside of China.
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