TYPES OF LEARNER AND LEARNER
TYPES OF LEARNER
We can categorise types of learner on the basis of age, needs and other distinguishing factors.
Here is a list, by no means exhaustive, of different types of learner.
Each type of learner can encounter corresponding specific difficulties, and
consequently present obstacles for the teacher to overcome in order to make
learning as effective as possible.
For example, in a "Beginners" class, learners might well have a tendency to translate literally from their L1 and could also be faced for the first time with a different script. From the teacher's point of view, she is likely to have to deal with significantly different rates of progress within the class, which might include false beginners as well as genuine beginners.
Much of the session will involve brainstorming the common features of classes comprising different types of learners which might impede effective learning and teaching, as well as some practical solutions, of course.
If you miss the session, try the brainstorming activity, preferably with a colleague.
Use the attached grid to make your notes.
Click here for a brief history of independent learning.
Why encourage independent learning?
Consider your arguments in defence (assuming you believe it to be worth encouraging .).
This can perhaps best be done in response to arguments made against it, both by students and teachers, so have a look at this selection of quotes for ideas.
Having hopefully established why independent learning should be encouraged, the next step is to consider the following:
· Who should be involved?
· When can we use it?
· Where does it take place?
And the 64 million dollar question:
· How can we integrate it in our courses?