The Importance of Developing a Learning Methodology

What is your learning methodology?
This is a very important question I ask all of my students, beginning with the first class. Although, being able to articulate your learning methodology may take some time (possibly upper B1 and on), nonetheless it is a question that should not be avoided.
But, what is learning methodology?

I define learning methodology simply as your strategical understanding of how you receive information to best learn. If you want to get a little more technical methodology is defined as a body of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline : a particular procedure or set of procedures. So, knowing the method in which you “get it”, is of utter importance and should be a teacher’s priority. If my students don’t know their methodology (process of learning best), then I help them define and formulate it as we continually take classes together.
How do I do this?

First, I ask questions, I ask students how they have learned traditionally and if they liked it or not. I ask, “what were some of the most memorable learning experiences through your language journey?” For instance, when I studied Mandarin 1, I distinctly remember how creative and motivated I was for role-play exams. Through this process, I realized I learn best by putting the words and lessons to practice immediately within a story. As a student, practical use is of utter importance to me and as a writer applying what I am learning into a story makes it clear for me.

Second, I evaluate verbal and body language as best as I can. For instance, some of my students cannot continue reading an article if they misspell a word, they must make the correction immediately before moving on. These students, I correct after a sentence of two when there are errors. Some students will continue reading without stopping, and to correct them before completing a paragraph may break their focus or discourage them from reading with confidence. Therefore, students who are more resistant to immediate correction, I wait after a paragraph, segment or even the end of class to share notes and corrections.

Why this matters..?

All of these cues and behaviors are important in developing a student profile, which leads to a more well informed methodology when combined with past learning experiences and future language goals.

Finding your methodology for learning is an ever-evolving process, however it is of utter importance to identify. There is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that says, ¨If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that is it stupid.” I find some of my students have developed a disdain for grammar because of the way it was taught, which is usually programmatic, repetitive and disconnected from their real life experiences. So, when I sense a frustration or lack of enthusiasm to learn grammar, I adjust and help my students determine how they can best understand grammar rules outside of traditional methods. Methodology should be personalized as best as possible to maximize the learning experience.

In conclusion, there are several different theories and approaches to learning styles that I do not have room to explain, however every student should understand the importance of a learning methodology.

Take some time to consider how you learn best as a student, and as a teacher think about the variations of responses you’ve received from students in order to help with constructing a learning methodology with them.
May 30, 2019
$13.00
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Travis Thomas

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*My Prices will be increasing starting Monday June 17th to $15/hour and increasing by $1/day back to my normal price of $20/hr June 24th. Please message me before the request a previous price you've had or desire before the increase. Cheers* Hola! Ni hao! Hello community! I am a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher living in Bogota, Colombia. I am a native English speaker, an English teacher, traveler, musician, poet, writer and all around language enthusiast. I have had the privileged of visiting China, Haiti, Kenya, U.A.E., Colombia and lived in Canada. I am an ambassador in Cross-cultural relations and a political science major. I enjoy teaching English to new and experienced learners, I always try to make my lessons comical, energetic and visually stimulating. As an educator I enjoy creating customized lesson plans for my students according to their language needs. Each class starts with an assessment to determine the students language level. I have developed many tips and tricks to help students learn and engage with the language they are learning. Also, as a language learner myself I've developed philosophies and methods of learning that can benefit each student. Language should be fun to learn and I try to make it a pleasurable experience (even with grammar!!). As an avid reader, writer, and musician I can offer great suggestions on public material to use. Scroll through some of my lessons and book me today!
Flag
English
globe
United States
time
260
Speaks:
English
Native
,
Spanish
C1
,
Mandarin
A1
*My Prices will be increasing starting Monday June 17th to $15/hour and increasing by $1/day back to my normal price of $20/hr June 24th. Please message me before the request a previous price you've had or desire before the increase. Cheers* Hola! Ni hao! Hello community! I am a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher living in Bogota, Colombia. I am a native English speaker, an English teacher, traveler, musician, poet, writer and all around language enthusiast. I have had the privileged of visiting China, Haiti, Kenya, U.A.E., Colombia and lived in Canada. I am an ambassador in Cross-cultural relations and a political science major. I enjoy teaching English to new and experienced learners, I always try to make my lessons comical, energetic and visually stimulating. As an educator I enjoy creating customized lesson plans for my students according to their language needs. Each class starts with an assessment to determine the students language level. I have developed many tips and tricks to help students learn and engage with the language they are learning. Also, as a language learner myself I've developed philosophies and methods of learning that can benefit each student. Language should be fun to learn and I try to make it a pleasurable experience (even with grammar!!). As an avid reader, writer, and musician I can offer great suggestions on public material to use. Scroll through some of my lessons and book me today!