Debunked ‘learning styles’ theory still part of gold-standard EFL qualifications
Created: Monday, 15 May 2017 13:19
...But Cambridge English has now pledged to remove the phrase from Celta and Delta syllabuses
by Claudia Civinini
Cambridge English Language Assessment has been referring to the concept of ‘learning styles’ in its Celta and Delta EFL qualifications even though the theory has long been debunked by academics, it has emerged.
The Cambridge English Teaching Framework, which underpins the two qualifications, contains references to learning styles – ‘visual, auditory, kinaesthetic’ – under the competency area ‘understanding learners’.
Teacher trainers have confirmed that trainees on these courses have been required to show an awareness of their students’ learning style, both in their assignments and their teaching practice.
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‘Negative emotions should not remain hidden’
Created: Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:45
By Claudia Civinini
Many teachers worry about their students’ foreign language anxiety (FLA), and at times don’t really know how to deal with it, a survey of teachers across the world revealed last month (see the April edition of the Gazette).
But Dr Christina Gkonou from the University of Essex, who has researched FLA extensively, has some advice for teachers. Dr Gkonou confirmed that, according to her research, anxiety is the most common negative emotion among language learners, and that it is subjective and context-bound.
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