sobota, 24 maja 2014

Teaching Methods and Types of Personality: Emotional Type

Emotional type? What methods should be applied to teach such a person? Firstly, let’s take into account the characteristic personal features of your student. Emotional types are people for whom feelings, relationships with various people and psychological analysis are really essential. Those types need a teacher’s particular attention. They search for a closer contact with a techer and treat him/her as a kind of coach who is going to direct them through the exciting paths of a language labirynth. Emotional students are sensitive, they need to know that your are really engaged in their learning process and that you simply care. Not only do they seek an opportunity to learn a language, but also a special bond with the very teacher. 

Here are some methods suitable for an emotional type:

  1. Try to create a bond between you and your student (e.g. stay a little bit longer with him/her to explain something again, ask about his/her feelings concerning the leearning proces). 

  2. Choose an appropriate topic (people and relationships, social problems, environmental issues, stories). 

  3.  Initiate discussions, debates, role-plays and interactive exercises. 

  4. Introduce grammar by presenting the correlation between the tense and emotions (e.g. Present Continuous may in some contexts express irritation: He is laways leaving his dirty socks on the floor). 

  5.  Teach vocabulary in context (showing the words emotional associations). 

  6. Give them problem-solving tasks, make them work in pairs or groups and enable them to learn through expressing their own feelings, referring to their own experiences and presenting their own ideas.

piątek, 16 maja 2014

Teaching Methods and Types of Personality: Logical Thinker

How to organise a language lesson that would match the personality of a logical thinker? What methods will be appreciated by an analythical mind? For sure, a teacher should pay attention to the appropriate choice of topics. Thinkers won’t probably be interested in topics about relationships, emotions or social problems. Rather, they would prefer to engage in lively discussions on how to run a successful business, how to invest money wisely or how to decrease taxes. They would be keen on translating some mathematical formulas into English or writing a business report. Thinkers are interested in mathematics and science, so why don’t you make them count or deliver some mathematical arguments in English? Why don’t you ask them to create a business plan or negotiate the price of a product?

niedziela, 11 maja 2014

Teaching Methods and Types of Personality: Spontaneous Type

Teaching (and learning) methods suitable for a spontaneous type of person stand in the opposition to the methods for a planner. Spontaneous people tend to be more active and changeable than planners. They enjoy being in the constant move, joining different activities spontaneously and making on-the-spot decisions. Spontaneous types would prefer to learn a foreign language not during carefully planned lessons where everything is in a particular order but rather through various and spontaneous activities. In fact, organising such a „spontaneous lesson” would require some preparations from a teacher. However, what is essential is that the lesson should not seem to be running rigidly.  A teacher has to plan a lesson but in such a way to make a student be not aware of that fact. Of course, not everything should be planned and a lot of things will probably appear in the course of the classes, which would be even more beneficial to a student. 

wtorek, 6 maja 2014

Teaching Methods and Types of Personality: Planner

Effectiveness of teaching (and learning) a foreign language depends on whether the methods applied are suitable to the personality of the learner. The more suitable methods are used, the better results in the teaching/learning process are achieved. In the series of eight short articles I am going to present the methods that can be used while teaching the eight different personality types.