Learning Strategies Assignment

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Presentation of the assignmentPage 3
Question 1Page 4
Question 2Page 6
Question 3Page 7
ConclusionPage 8
BibliographyPage 9

SUBJECT ASSIGNMENT:
LEARNING STRATEGIES

Assignment:

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[pic][pic][pic]This assignment consists of three parts.
Under point 3.3.7 Issues in Strategy Instruction (in your written material) the following questions are considered as crucial before implementing strategy training with students: • Should the strategy instruction be short-term or long term? How long should it last? A class? A term? A year? At regular intervals? Etc. • Should the treatment of strategies be implicit (or “blind”) or should it be explicit ( “informed” or “strategy-plus-control”)? Or should it be a combination of both approaches? • Should the teacher try to cover a comprehensive list of different strategies, or should the focus be on a limited number of strategies? Bearing in mind these questions as well as the rest of the material studied in this subject, consider the following task that has been adapted from R.Oxford ( “Language Learning Strategies: What every teacher should know”. 1990:211 ). An ancient proverb says, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. 1. Explain what this saying means to you in the area of language learning and teaching. Give examples from your own experience, justifying these and backing them up with information from the subject and from your outside readings. Now consider Tyacke and Mendelsohn’s (1986:178) response to this proverb: “But just as there are many different kinds of rods, different kinds of bait and different fishing locations, all of which offer a variety of choices and experiences, there are different ways of learning language.” 2. What does this mean to you? How does it affect what you think of the proverb as applied to strategy training? 3. What are the pros and cons of conducting strategy training in your opinion? Final del formulario

1. Explain what this saying means to you in the area of language learning and teaching. Give examples from your own experience, justifying these and backing them up with information from the subject and from your outside readings.

An old proverb states: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. Applied to the language teaching and learning field, this proverb might be interpreted to mean that if students are provided with answers, the immediate problem is solved. But if they are taught the strategies to work out the answers for themselves, they are empowered to manage their own learning. Good teaching involves more than communicating the content of one's discipline; a good teacher also needs both to motivate students to continue learning and to teach them the skills and strategies needed for continued learning.

In this essay I discuss the traditional proverb “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime” as applied in the context of strategy training for L2. I will go over the idea that teaching English is like “giving a man a fish”, and that showing him learning strategies. That is to say that the best thing when teaching is not to give the student the solution when they do not find it, because this could be the easiest thing for the students, but not the most productive way of learning. Teachers have to give students the ways through which they can achieve the answers by themselves.

The proverb specifically applied to language learning and teaching, refers to the learners´ need to go beyond formal classroom instruction, to keep learning after class and to learn how to improve English proficiency. However, teaching how to fish and teaching a foreign language are very different activities which require very different teaching...
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