PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODOLOGIES
1 Sharif University of Technology (IRAN)
2 Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch (IRAN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Language teachers have always been concerned about the inadequacy of conventional methods of language teaching in education system. Language teaching pendulum moves away from Grammar translation to post method pedagogy. But with the emergence of sociocultural theories to learning in general and to language learning in particular, the realm of applied linguistics is finding a new direction. The integration of technologies into language learning and teaching contexts also indicate that language teaching is moving to more high technology activity.
This article gives practical innovation in language teaching domain. First, besides taking proficiency test, students may take matching test to be grouped with the most similar teacher and groups in terms of style and strategy. Second, before each language course, students might require to be educated in self-initiation and problem posing education to create an idiosyncratic voice for self. Third, mind mirror projects provide students with great opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking skills; it increases students self awareness and autonomy. Fourth, textbooks could be mainly look like corpora based books through which learners become familiar with authentic use of vocabulary and grammar. Fifth, the concept of Englishes instead of English both in testing and teaching could be more highlighted. Sixth, language identity, using language for Self-purpose and being flexible in adopting different roles in classroom could be in the focal attention of the language teaching education. Seventh, language books could look like game based textbooks through which all micro and macro skills be practiced. Eighth, E-Pet idea is a very interesting way of scoring which is based on sociocultural aspect of language learning. Ninth, more multi-voiced perspective is taken into account when doing needs analysis. Finally, a classroom could be a workplace to focus on ameliorating the learners’ different types of misconceptions.
Keywords: language teachers, language teaching, language learning.