Saturday, January 12, 2013

Communicative Approach vs. Grammar-translation Method

Teacher-centred principles
Learner-centred principles
1. Students work to achieve curricular objectives in order to become critical thinkers
Integrated curriculum focused on thematic units; integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum
2. Students complete activities designed by the teacher to achieve academic success
Emphasis on life-long learning and social skills; selection of subject content by looking forward to ask what skills will be needed in future society
3. Students respond to positive expectations set by the teacher as they progress through activities
Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking; group work and development of social skills
4. Students are given extrinsic motivators like grades and rewards in which motivates children to internalize information and objectively demonstrate their understanding of concepts
Education for social responsibility and democracy; understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to knowledge
5. Students work is evaluated by the teacher
Assessment by evaluation of child’s projects and productions; peer assessment

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