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Student-Centered Teaching Practices


Best Practices for Teaching the Whole Adult ESL Learner

This chapter by David Schwarzer describes some research-based best practices for teaching adult ESL students centered around the idea of whole-language principles.

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TAGS: second-language acquisition, student-centered teaching, teaching strategies, classroom activities, classroom management

Evidence-Based, Student-Centered Instructional Practices

This CAELA (Center for Adult English Language Acquisition) network brief provides evidence-based recommendations for student-centered language instruction in the adult ESL classroom. The authors offer four research-backed recommendations that teachers can implement in their classes, as well as concrete activities and practices to support each recommendation.

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TAGS: second-language acquisition, student-centered teaching, teaching strategies, classroom activities, classroom management

Goal-Setting Lesson Plans

The San Diego Continuing Education Program has created PDFs of a three-part goal-setting lesson for adult ESL students. The lessons and materials are appropriate for high-beginning to advanced level learners.

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TAGS: classroom activities, student-centered

Incorporating Goal-Setting in Adult ESL Classrooms

This PPT by Barbara Knox, Leslie Mladinich, and Liv Beck outlines goal-setting projects and their results in beginning level adult ESL classrooms. Images of handouts and descriptions of activities are provided.

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TAGS: student-centered, classroom management, lesson planning, teaching strategies, beginning ESL

Learner Goal-Setting

Research shows adult students are motivated to learn when what they study is related to their individual goals and needs. According to Comings, Perella, and Soricone in their article, “Helping Adults Persist: Four Supports,” 1999, “Learners who have specific goals in mind are more likely to persist in their studies.” This article by Ronna Magy addresses the question, What can instructors do to help students set goals, monitor progress, and reach goals? with research-backed strategies and suggestions for practitioners.

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TAGS: student-centered, classroom management, lesson planning, teaching strategies

Making Student-Centered Teaching Work

As teachers, we are all interested in creating an environment where our students can learn and where the learning environment is engaging, motivating, and exciting. In short, we like to see our students succeed.

This article from the MEXTESOL Journal makes a strong argument for student-centered teaching practices, and outlines ten suggestions that teachers can follow to make their lessons more student-centered.

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TAGS: teaching strategies