Teaching English Using English.
What is your opinion about teaching a foreign language using only this language?
I used both variants of teaching and both of learning.
Now I can say that there are some pros and cons in the two of the learning/teaching methods.
– You have the imitation of the foreign culture (it depends on teacher though).
– You can practise your language skills and not to be afraid of mistakes; you’ll try to express yourself as well as you can.
– In-group you have to talk with each other only using the language you learn. You have more practice each class.
– You have more possibility to use the acquired knowledge.
– Your vocabulary will inevitably increase.
– Each teacher is happier when his/her students grow their knowledge faster.
– Teaching is easier when is comes to the direct usage of the new information. It’s better when your students quickly begin to understand.
– A teacher can use more learning resources than before.
– If a teacher wants, his/her students can travel with him/her, go to the theater or cinema with the plays on the target language.
– Yes, it’s a much better revision of his/her skills.
– You have to look up each word to increase your vocabulary.
– You always have to be prepared for the next class or you won’t understand the rest of new information.
– It’s a harder almost self-studying work. It’s more challenging than the casual classroom where the teacher pushes new data to your head.
– You should learn a new language as you did it in your childhood, but today your brain is lazier.
– “Aha” moments come less often. Don’t worry, as it’s only the start of your road.
– Oh, it’s not so tough to explain something to other people in their native language.
– You have to daily create new methods of involvement for your grown-up learners.
– The learning game should be fun and not boring, but teaching and making your pupils remember.
– You explain some words as if you’re a mother/father to your child. That’s not bad, but so fun!
– Sometimes there is no object in the classroom to show in order to explain it (incompleteness is more demanding than a hat.)
How to correctly choose which method is better for you?
The quickest answer would be to try. It’s not always the best one as you might spend more time while choosing than while learning.
Think about what would you like more. Either you’ll learn a new dialect using only your time during your class and at home, or you’ll spend more time asking your teacher about how, where, when to use this or that word.
Both variants may be easy or tiresome for you. The main point here is to remember that any work you do will ask for your time, energy and involvement. Don’t be lazy, afraid, shy, and you’ll see after some time that your work bears fruit.