A student of mine (Post MA, now doing MEd for secondary EFL in the Netherlands) recently asked if we weren’t so busy “innovating” in education that we forgot the pupils. There are pupils who simply like to sit back and listen and be told what to do without always having to discuss it with a neighbour, come up with the rules themselves, make a word web etc. Obviously there are various ways of looking at this such as learning styles and multiple intelligences along with diminishing class time and increased external input but what about the ‘good old’ chalk and talk style of class? How many of us actually sometimes preferred that sort of class? How many of us did actually learn things which we could subsequently apply? How many of us enjoyed lectures at university where we just sat and sponged up the information which flooded over us? How many of us enjoy listening to discussions on the radio or on podcasts? How many of us really enjoy being active in the classroom? How many of us want to try out our newly learnt/acquired skills?
Rather than indicate what my reaction was to this student I’m more curious to know how others feel about this?