Part 9 Spot the Difference

Let’s play spot the difference. OK, so you have two pictures in front of you, one of them is a one to one class so there’s the teacher and the student in the classroom. And the other picture is a teacher at the front of a class with many students within the class. So these two different environments are very different in the way the teacher has to teach and how the students learn. If you look at the first picture with the teacher and the student you can see the student will have to focus much more because there’s only themselves in the classroom, so the teacher will be asking them questions constantly, they will be the ones answering and doing the work. So, one to one classes. This very much depends on the individual and the aim of their language class. Do they prefer to be in a one to one class because they want to focus on pronunciation errors? Or do they have to complete a standard level of English in a short space of time to pass an exam? Or do they feel it’s better to focus on their individual mistakes rather than working within a classroom? Moving onto the next picture, the teachers with the students. So obviously there’s more scope for the teacher here to do different activities in the classroom. Immediately we can think of pair work so student to student interaction or even group work. So the whole dynamics of the class will change very much. If they’re doing a debate then everybody can put their own ideas and opinions in, which means the students can actually learn from each other as well. So, what do you think? A one to one class or a group class? Sometimes it’s very much just the opinion of the individual and the type of learner they are. Have a think about yourself as a language learner and imagine that you’re going to go and enrol on a language course to study Japanese. Do you think it would be more beneficial for you to be in a one to one class or a group class? Just make some notes and have a think about the reasons for your choice inparticular.

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