The Answer!

In an earlier post, my colleague and previous mentor Tim had raised the question “why”- now, like he himself says, here can be several interpretations to this why….for me, the most important reason is trying to find a common ground. Having had exposure to several different curricula, I feel that it is important to find the best of, if not all, at least the two worlds to which the children in school have the most exposure to.   Being a Primary Homeroom teacher, I feel it is important for me to be able to not just grade my language for non native speakers of English, but also to be able to help the children relate to the concepts in English. It is a natural tendency for us to “think” in our mother tongue and non-native speakers of English will do just that!

This is where I would like to quote Jeremy Harmer; he says “it is teaching English and an academic subject at the same time”- this aptly sums up my intentions and motivation for doing this course in CLIL.

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3 thoughts on “The Answer!”

    1. I would ask the question: WHY are we or why am I motivated? According to a recent online article in Psychology Today, humans are motivated by three basic factors: Stimulation, Identity, and Security. I think we all desire to be challenged and stimulated. A training abroad is always challenging. Most of us welcome opportunities to be engaged and interested. In some ways getting our story down on paper is one of the most emotionally challenging thing for many of us. We are driven by the need to identify with things we care about. Whether it’s at home, abroad or in the workplace, humans want to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Psychology plays a significant part in the learning process, especially as it relates to motivation. Hopefully I’ll consider the factors of stimulation, identity, and security, and incorporate my personal tips and instructional techniques during the teacher training in Brighton to have the maximum motivation.

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  1. Reblogged this on Bridging the Gap- Híd a kultúrák között and commented:

    A few days ago I felt the sudden pang of an emotion that I haven’t experienced in a very long time: excitement. Excitement because of the training in England thanks to Mr. Erasmus and the programme named after him, the father of “studia humanitatis” . Erasmus of Rotterdam (1467?–1536), who was the most famous and influential humanist of the Northern Renaissance, a man of great talent and industriousness who rose from obscure beginnings to become the leading intellectual figure of the early sixteenth century.

    Tapping into the identity factor brings me to the famous acronym of WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). With other words: “How is this going to personally benefit me? I love getting outside and exploring the natural world, so getting away from the city is definitely my kind of adventure. To learn about diverse people, country and culture and viewpoints, a language travel is the right choice. Working or studying abroad are the best ways to be immersed in the language and culture of the host country and to experience life as a resident, not as a mere tourist. My main personal goal for the course is to gain quality and excellence in teaching English with interesting methods, like drama, role playing – to be up-to date with the latest teaching techniques and ICT methods to motivate my pupils and support their learning process with the best quality. I hope that I will be able to implement the knowledge – theory and practice – I receive during the teacher training into my lessons in the best way.
    Let’s create another acronym: WIIFU? What’s In It For Us? How can our school and thus our pupils benefit from the Erasmus+ programme? I believe that qualified teachers transfer knowledge in a qualified way. If we improve our general skills, we can improve overall organization, improve time management, improve educational technology knowledge, and learn ways to better motivate students. All of these aspects result in better student grades, and a higher level of classroom interest. These can help to achieve better rankings for our school. By providing teachers with teacher education programs in an English environment they are able to gain vital skills that they may not have been able to learn while taking university courses, and stay current with new techniques. These programs help educating teachers on the best ways to instruct and motivate students for the best possible outcomes.
    Erasmus + was the best team building program for the participants of our school. We worked a lot together during the application process so will we during the dissemination. Maybe in pubs with a beer or even within the school walls, one thing is clear: we got to know each other much better we cooperate a lot with each other with the common goal: to foster the quality of the education in our school.

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