Confidence, Culture & Creativity
Around the 1970s, language teachers started thinking about using language to help students become better, happier, more confident and creative people. Teachers focused not the feelings of students. Language learning was about building confidence and enjoying the culture. Teachers were very artistic and they made the room comfortable and relaxing. Students might sit on the floor on mats or bean bags and read together or alone.
You have to practice, practice, practice… So make it FUN!
Here are some of the main exercises created from this time.
If you don’t have a journal to take notes, you should buy one. You can just use computer paper or a cheap notebook. However, sometimes it makes us work harder to buy nice, high quality tools. If you want a great notebook, this notebook is really good. It gives you space to take notes and to draw little pictures on the same page.
You need to make sure you use the language to speak your mind. English speaking countries like America, Australia, and Britain are made up of people from all over the world. Different cultures come together. This can create social problems in the short-run, but it is one of the greatest things about these countries.
When you learn English, you will have things to learn from the culture… and hopefully, you will have things to teach native English speakers about your home country or culture. Acting, singing, and art are good ways to “try talking and acting like a native speaker” even when you really can’t do it yet. You might find this useful… or you might decide it is not important to think, talk and act like a native speaker, because you don’t agree with everything in the culture. You should find a way to be very open to new ideas, but your life is your life! You can do whatever you want!
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