When you adopt flipped learning, you need to change the way you teach, use of resources, plan, give/receive feedback and assess learners. During the TESOL Tunsia Conference 2014, I have shared the four main points I consider while planing a flipped lesson.
Predict: using prompts to elevate students’ curiosity is one of my fundamental means that I have adopted lately. Whether you display a picture that they can comfortably talk about it, ask them to read two sentences and guess the follow up of the story or even share 45 seconds of an animated video and elicit their feelings and or information needed for the lesson, you will always notice that they will be enthusiastic to take part and collaborate online.
Read / Watch: This section is a challenging one. The teacher should know his/ her learners’ interest and how to incorporate them into a lesson. Take the example of Sherlock Holmes new series, which is popular among young people, if you are teaching vocabulary related to criminology or reported speech then you can use the film to help you fulfill that.
Discover: This section is dedicated to language forms. It is commonly known that teaching grammar is not only a hard task but it may turn to something boring too. Thus, to get the learners familiar with the language, the teacher should design activities that foster language discovery through experience. In other words, students will be in front of a game about prefixes and suffixes, then they need to try multiple times if needed to deduce the rule of forming adjectives for instance.
Practice: By now, students would have acquired some useful vocabulary, grammar points and or correct way to pronounce words. It is at this very last stage that we encourage learners to be creative. We can simply ask them to work in pairs and write a story or work in groups and make a video. Mostly at this point learners tend to positively surprise the teacher and their classmates by creating new resources.
Please note, that at any of these stages you have to test the learners. As this is not what we aim for when we ask them to work online.
But what will I gain as a teacher? Or what will my learners benefit from this approach? It is always helpful to stop and think, to better understand of course. Flipping your classroom is like a business agreement , a win-win situation were both teachers and students learn about each other.
So as an educator you will be able to:
- Learn about students’ motivations
- Maximaze learners exposure to the language
- Create a nice collaborative learning environment
- Make students confortable with the concept before going to the class
- Focus on deeper understanding
- Detect students failure and remedial to it
- Get clear plans
As learners they will:
- Practice more in class
- Get Creative
- Foster autonomy and self-confidence
- Learn with fun