‘Social language’, ‘schools as social ecologies’, ‘pedagogical caring’ (Sarah Mercer), bringing the world of communication and the classroom together through technology to promote experiential learning (Scott Thornbury), ‘negotiation of homework’ and the 21 century skills (Lynn Durrant) are some of the key principles and notions that these speakers of such prominence put forward at the IH conference in Barcelona.
It seems to me that there is an urgent call for change in the way we view teaching nowadays, we are living the days that teaching changes its identity and is turning into a living entity combining past experience, modern technology and fundamental principles of psychology. There is nothing new to that apart from the need to reconsider our role as teachers, the learners’ role inside and outside the classroom and the role of mainstream coursebooks in the 21 century. Trends come and go and modern society is playing a crucial role to the emergence and re-emergence of certain teaching practices. And the question still remains the same: How do we combine the wealth of resources and the diverse range of views and ideas for the learners’ benefit?
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