It’s a quiet day on the school front, so I have been doing some trawling around my favourite blogs. I’m not sure of the actual frequency of these bits of lexis, but the language used to speak about EFL is the same language that is used for any “school” subject – curriculum, testing, exercise, subject matter, lesson, lesson plan, coursebook, notes, class, teacher etc. But it’s patently obvious that learning a language is NOT the same as learning Biology or Geography or History. Learning a language is actually the development of a skill and the subsequent increase of control one experiences over the deployment of that skill in a variety of circumstances.
I know this isn’t an original thought, but what is it that makes us want to turn a practical driving lesson: negotiating traffic, managing gear changes, checking blind spots and keeping to the left, into a lecture on the workings of the internal combustion engine?
It’s time to “de-subject” English.