Exploratory Practice Workshop Handouts
This handout illustrates an opening activity designed to check for understanding and to activate background knowledge about previous learning. The participants are provided an envelope that contains two words, true and false and statements that must be placed under the appropriate category (true or false).
This Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Task illustrates how collaboration and “muddling through” in a problem solving task results in cognitively engaged learners who can experience “flow”—becoming so involved in the task that they lose track of time and space
Information Gap: This pair work activity is designed to illustrate a learning task that requires negotiation of meaning between language learners as they attempt to identify 10 subtle differences (e.g. two buttons rather than one; part on the left side versus on the right) between two faces. Using L2, participants must identify these 10 differences. In the Learner Centered Workshop it serves to illustrate a) the importance of authentic language (wrinkles, polka dots, handkerchief) used in daily life to make such tasks meaningful, b) how engaged and motivated learners are when such problem-solving tasks are used in the classroom, and c) as a point of departure for how such tasks in a professional workshop can serve as a venue for deconstructing the role of the teacher and learner in a learner centered classroom.
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