Student-centred learning allows students to actively participate in their learning.
In a student-centred classroom, the focus of activity is the student. This means that learners are encouraged to participate in a series of tasks including speaking, listening, writing and collaboration with other students.
Rather than sitting in class copying from a book, or listening passively to a teacher, student-centred learning encourages the student to be actively engaged in their learning, and can promote higher engagement and motivation in the classroom. Sounds good, right?
Student-centred methods are widely believed to be far better to straightforward teacher-centred instruction like rote learning, or the Callan method. It helps short-term mastery, depth of understanding and long-term retention as it encourages the students not only to produce the language, but to understand how and why they are able to.
As part of a TEFL qualification, potential teachers learn student-centred teaching and how to apply this in class.
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