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when flipping fails

Yesterday I wrote about utilising the idea of the flipped classroom  and today I’m going to think about the problems this may bring about. I think one of the main reasons teachers are not keen to try outsourcing the work to their students at home, is that they are scared that their students won’t do the work. Nothing worse than planning a lesson only to find out nobody did the homework or the prep work and so the lesson becomes null and void and you automatically jump straight back into the coursebook *yawn*.

I have an opinion on this issue (as I do with most things) and the great thing about blogging is that I can say what I want to. This should not be an issue. I know you might think I am living in a dream world or some alternative universe where students do what they are told, but I work with adults. (This might not work with younger students). To me, adults can look after themselves and can understand rights and responsibilities. They should realise that they are there to learn the language and that if they don’t do what is asked they are only jeopardising their own learning. Surely?

I do realise that teaching adults has its own set of difficulties and being an adult learner can mean there are time constraints and other responsibilities which come before homework, but shouldn’t working with English texts be appealing? Shouldn’t our students want to go home and do more work – provided, of course, that the work is interesting? Or, at the very least, you need to remember that there is only so far you can go with your students (taking a horse to water and all that). At times you need to let them learn for themselves and this is just such an occasion. Perhaps (oh we can dream) the fact that you are entrusting your students to work on their own – not just repetitive exercises but new, exciting, real-life stuff – perhaps they will then want to do it?

Perhaps not, but basically what I’m trying to say is give your students responsibility for their own learning, and go home and say a prayer.


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This entry was posted on May 12, 2015 by in General TEFL and tagged , , , , .
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