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in language teaching - students’ faces &voices

Nguyen Thi Hoai An

Teaching English as a second language, teachers always need to look for appropriate approaches to ensure their lesson delivery is effective. This is not simple and easy, especially when class heterogeneity is not uncommon and students do not often have opportunities to use English outside the classroom.

Learner-centredness has been advocated and along with this concept, humanism has also been mentioned in language teaching. The advertising for humanistic approaches has raised the awareness that the teacher should focus more on individual students, who are thought to play an essential role in deciding how successful teaching outcomes can be. When applying humanistic approach, the teacher shows respect to the integrity of learners and acts as a facilitator to help with their development. In other words, the teacher lets his or her students take responsibility of their own learning and in the process of learning, these students have the right to state their interests as well as give voice to their feelings and opinions.

In our local teaching environment, students need a lot of training to familiarize themselves with these concepts and on the other hand, training, mentoring and practising should be provided to teachers so that they can conduct suitable learner-centred activities, which focus on humanism in teaching, in their classrooms.

The presentation will look at the possibility of applying these teaching concepts  and provide some food for thought for teachers to modify their teaching styles and adapt teaching materials for their students’ benefits.