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T Today we’re here to talk a little bit about learning.
B We all know what learning is.
T Yes, that’s right, we all learn new things everyday, but we don’t always know the best way to learn.
B What do you mean?
T Well, we are all different and we all learn in different ways. So first of all, everyone must try to discover what learning style works best for them …
B You mean if you prefer to study alone or with others?
T Yes, but also whether you need to develop strategies for remembering vocabulary or grammar rules. Generally, it’s important to focus on and understand what we are good at … and what and how we need to improve.
B So we could call this “learning to learn”?
T Yes, we at the British Council recognise that effective language learning requires a critical awareness of the what, why and how.
B What, why and how?
T What we are learning, why we are learning … and how we can learn better.
B And a teacher’s job is to make all of that clear?
T British Council teachers are very often like guides and facilitators.
B Yes, that’s true, we first find out why students need to practise their English …
T And we observe and listen to students as they progress and we recommend learning strategies based on their needs
B For example?
T Well, if a student has difficulty with a certain a certain listening task, it’s essential to understand where the problem lies.It could be a question of not knowing the vocabulary, not understanding the pronunciation … or a bit of both
B So, the key to improvement is becoming more aware of the reasons for our difficulties. And teachers can help there.
T But … and this is the most useful part … we also encourage students to discuss and evaluate their own performance, this way they gradually become more aware and take on more responsibility for their own learning.
B Which makes them more autonomous.
T And probably better learners.
B Well … I’ve definitely learnt something today.