I’ve wanted to say this for a long time, but one needs courage to stand up and say something essentially disparaging about an institution, but I’m going to have to. The A at the end of CELTA and DELTA means “adult” as far as I’m aware. And honestly, I have yet to be persuaded that what is taught on these courses prepares trainee teachers for teaching ADULTS. Far be it from me to pooh-pooh well-established teaching aids, but I have yet to teach an adult – particularly a Business English student (10 years, I’ve been doing this) – who buys whole-heartedly into a running dictation, or minimal pairs bingo, or “Find someone who….” Honest to God, it used to make me cringe when I had to do assessed lessons for my DELTA and employ one of these juvenile practices to teach the 2nd Conditional or separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. Just STOP IT!!! THINK about who you are teaching. The National Sales Director of a multi-national pharmaceutical company will NOT have TIME to indulge in some puerile activity to get him to understand (moot point) the continuous aspect, nor will he thank you for avoiding his needs in order to so indulge. TEACH THE ADULT …. FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!
Andragogy is NOT pedagogy. They are entirely different. Taken from wikipedia:
Knowles asserted that andragogy (Greek: “man-leading”) should be distinguished from the more commonly used pedagogy (Greek: “child-leading”).
- Adults need to know the reason for learning something (Need to Know)
- Experience (including error) provides the basis for learning activities (Foundation).
- Adults need to be responsible for their decisions on education; involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept).
- Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (Readiness).
- Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation).
- Adults respond better to internal versus external motivators (Motivation).
Also from Mr Knowles (love this man)
In short, the move from pedagogy to andragogy shows that for students,
Thank you, Mr Knowles. From this day forward let’s allow that our students are adults and require different approaches to their learning. No more bloody Bingo!