Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 11, Individual Learner Differences





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Published on Jan 14, 2009

Learners in one classroom are both similar and, at the same time, different. A learner-centered approach to teaching requires teachers to understand this duality, and to be aware of the different ways in which students learn. Some differences are easy to see or discover, such as age/gender/socioeconomic conditions/and level of education.

Other differences may be more difficult to identify, including: * Overall cognitive ability, or "€œintelligence,"€ and * Cognitive development in younger learners. * Learners'™ language proficiency levels, and their * Motivation for language study. * Learners'™ personality traits, along with their * Learning strengths, styles and preferences.

An innovative offering from the Office of English Language Programs, Shaping the Way We Teach English, is a 14-module teacher training video series developed and produced in cooperation with the University of Oregon.

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