This week’s lesson plan is a very special one. We’ve recently had our branch meeting at the school I’m a coordinator at, and among the round of sessions I delivered there was one about using technology and students’ devices in our favor. Instead of providing teachers with a list of resources, I designed a lesson to show them how those suggestions could be put to practice. However, it isn’t the technological part of it that makes it so special.
There’s been a lot of discussion about inclusiveness in ELT, and what I’ve noticed is that a lot of teachers are fearful their wanting to approach more delicate topics in class may come off as an attempt to impose their own views on their learners’ or to evangelize them somehow. Although this might occur, it is only a possibility if actually done that way.
As language teachers, we’re there to teach… language. However, language is a social activity and never done in isolation. One speaks or writes so that another listens or reads it. So if we’re striving to teach language in a communicative way, why not insert language in a context that is relevant and current?
“Critical thinking” has become somewhat of a buzz term, but I’m still appreciative of its importance. Learning a second or foreign language enables one to be part of a much bigger community and become a citizen of the world. But learning grammar alone won’t do much for one’s wanting to interact with different cultures. There are other skills that need to be developed, and being able to listen and respect someone else’s opinion is, to my mind, one of the most important ones. It is only by allowing students to voice their opinions in a safe, controlled environment, and working as mediators rather than preachers that we’ll be fostering critical thinking and enabling learners to co-exist despite (or because of) their differences.
By the end of this lesson I’m sharing with you, students will have been enabled to talk critically about gender-related stereotypes using modals of deduction in the present. Besides, I’ll be using a lot of different websites and apps you can take full advantage of to spice your lessons up. If you don’t feel like using all of them in a single class, good thing is that you can still teach this very same lesson plan without the technology. 🙂
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Thanks for reading and happy teaching. 🙂
P.S.: This post is dedicated to the Braz-TESOL Voices Sig.