Active learning is a form of learning in which teaching strives to involve the students in the learning process more directly than when using other methods.
The method is best summarised by Charles Bonwell, an educationalist, who states that active learning is when students participate actively or experientially in the learning process and when they are doing something besides passively listening.
They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In other words, they are not only doing learning but also thinking about the learning that they are doing.
In the MFL classroom, this might look like the following:
- rather than explaining a grammar rule to students, the teacher might introduce the grammar rule in context and students have to elicit the rule from the information that they are given.
- rather than writing a paragraph individually, students might be encouraged to write it in pairs to encourage discussion about what they are writing
- rather than just reading a text before answering comprehension questions, students might be asked to do a number of tasks whilst reading such as underlining all the positive adjectives, the connectors and positive opinions before answering the questions
In this section, we will continue to provide active teaching methodologies that are suitable for the MFL classroom and encourage you to send us any others that you believe would be of value to other MFL teachers.