This blog was created to share experiences and discuss ideas about how teachers can help learners practise English more outside class and learn more effectively in class, through taking a coaching approach in the classroom. We hope that the activities and ideas discussed here will be of practical use to teachers who want to see their students take steps towards independent learning.
But the issue of learner autonomy touches on fundamental beliefs and methodological stances in education, and we welcome the chance to explore these more theoretical concepts, too.
We wrote a series of six articles in ETp magazine about this. Click on the pages above to read short versions of the articles. We have also prepared some material which helps students practise English on their own outside class. You’ll find these on the ‘Activities’ page. We welcome feedback on the activities and suggestions for improvement.
Daniel Barber. I am a teacher, teacher trainer and ESOL writer based in Cádiz, Spain. I’ve come to realise the limitations of our role as teachers in the overall learning process, and how motivation is the wonderful and mysterious key. My main interests in this area, then, are to what extent and how we can help learners discover what drives them, and how, or whether, we as teachers can shape the independent learning curriculum. firstname.lastname@example.org
Duncan Foord. I am the Director of OxfordTEFL a teacher training and language school with centres in Barcelona and Prague. I am based in Barcelona and am author of The Developing Teacher, published by DELTA Publishing, and co-author, with Lindsay Clandfield, of The Language Teacher’s Survival Handbook, published by iT’s Magazines.
My main interests are in teacher training and development and as well as the business side of TEFL. I am fairly convinced students could get further with their English if we teachers could let go of teaching a bit and see ourselves more as coaches, taking an interest in the whole of our students’ “language life”, in and out of class. Like Dan, I am interested in hearing other views and experiences on this and getting some feedback on materials we are producing to facilitate a coaching approach. email@example.com