University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Learner Centeredness Module - Workshop Video

Watch in the following video as Dr. Aleidine (Ali) J. Moeller works with a group of 29 critical language teachers to get them started reflecting on their own beliefs about language teaching and learning. In this workshop, she discusses and models important strategies and approaches for creating a learner centered classroom. Before the workshop began, all participants took part in an online discussion board based on a common text they all read (Entertaining an Elephant). This text served as the context for examining one’s own beliefs about teaching and learning and provided a common knowledge base upon which the workshop leader could build to reach a deeper level of analysis. After viewing this video, STARTALK teacher trainers and educators, following Dr. Moeller’s example, will be able to lead similar professional development workshops with their own STARTALK teaching staffs. All materials necessary to conduct such workshops can be found in this module.

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Outline of Video Content

Minute

Topic

1

Ali Moeller opens with question to participants about optimal classroom learning time; participants share ideas and learn about research that supports the first 4 ½ minutes of classroom time

2

Participants actively involved in hands-on activity aimed at  activating background knowledge about previous day’s learning

2:34

What are ragged edges and what can a teacher do to minimize these

4:00

Review the True/False opening activity and deconstruct the role of the teacher and the role of the learner

6:32

Challenges critical language teachers face

7:27

Role of reflection; beliefs about teaching and learning language

9:29

TPR activity to illustrate L2 use and role of teacher and learner

14:00

Quotation about changing beliefs from Entertaining an Elephant

Post it activity, 2 important beliefs I have about teaching

 

24:05

Fixed and Growth Mindset: What experiences changes/transforms beliefs about teaching and learning (context of the text Entertaining an Elephant)

34:00

Teacher as Observer

37:00

Role of struggle and muddling through in learning

40:00

Hands on learning task that illustrates “muddling through”

Family tree jigsaw activity

44:00

Motivation theory

48.15

Deconstruction of the Family Tree activity

52:00

Moving from control to independent learning

55:00

Learner Autonomy; Role of feedback

58:00

21st Century Learning

1:06:40

Information Gap/Pair Work Learning Task

1:13:35

Return to Can-Do Statements

Return to Learner Centeredness Module

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Material Type(s): 

  • Video
  • Instruction

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Environment
  • Planning
  • The Learning Experience
  • Learning Tools
  • Professionalism

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Learner Centered
  • Target Language