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Developing learner autonomy through new curriculum reform project in Uzbekistan Dilrabo Ahmadalieva Andijan State University Faculty of Foreign Philology IETFL – Brighton 2011 Uzbekistan
The student is an empty vessel which the teacher fills with knowledge. It is important to give learners choice over what task to perform. Pair work and group work is a waste off time. What can students teach each other? Students should only speak when spoken to.
A powerful Old tiger, the leader of the pack, was preparing to go on a hunt. Gathering the young generation about him he said: The winter is coming. We must go out in the plains and hunt. You, young fellows, come with me, we learn a thing or two together. Young tigers were pleased to hear this as they were very enthusiastic about learning and developing.
On the first day The Old Tiger held a briefing where he introduced several hunting strategies. Here is your chance! he said pointing at a herd of elephants. Hunting is a challenge! Use all your skills and knowledge, and do your best! Young tigers rushed at the elephants quite thoughtlessly. They all wanted to be the best ones, to boast a bit to become popular among their peers.
Some of the tigers used the new high tech claws and tails devices their parents brought them from abroad. Unfortunately, the elephants run off in all directions. What a shame!! We could not do the job properly! thought each tiger to himself, looking very upset.
The next day the tigers came upon a herd of buffalos. Are there any volunteers? asked the Old Tiger. Silence. So?? I will try to help you but you need to learn to take independent decisions. The Old Tiger killed a buffalo, the young ones were watching him, and afterwards the kids had a nice dinner.
Next day and again young tigers relied on The Old Tiger. OK… I will do the job myself – said the leader philosophically. And so he did. Young tigers lacked initiative, they were too lazy to learn now. They were all waiting for food from The Old Tiger.
One day during a usual hunt a huge buffalo tossed The Old Tiger to the ground. The leader was too old and tired to survive from wounds he got from the buffalo. He died. That winter was severe. Many young tigers died of cold and hunger. Only 3 of them survived. How will they teach their cubs????
Teaching language in traditional curricular Teachers focus on teaching the form of the target language by presenting pieces of the language Learners develop strategies to cope with the demands of exist curricular Learners find ways to meet the requirements imposed by the teachers Learners develop strategies which will pay off in the classroom situation, but serve no useful purpose in later life. Williams, M & Burden, R.L (1997) Psychology for language teachers.
Typical child Bill Bill is one of lifes plodders, conscientiously looking for and sticking to the one right methods of working. It is a strategy which, unfortunately, pays off in many school situations, and he will probably end up with a reasonably good set of grades and a school report which describe him as a good student. His inability to adapt to changing requirements and his lack of self knowledge may start to be a problem when he is expected to study on his own but for the present, his teachers do not see him as a problem and are quite glad to have a few like Bill in their classes. ( 1991:3) There are many Bills in our English classes. There are many Bills in our English classes. Williams, M & Burden, R.L (1997)
Advantages of traditional curriculum No need to read extra materials No need to spend precious time on watching, listening or internet Every task ready designed, no need to design new tasks Very portable coursebook All skills are in one Students are in comfortable zone in using this materials
disadvantages Less opportunity for students to speak Doesnt meet the students need ( Dr Sandfords family and his home –elementary level) No opportunity for developing critical thinking ( Ss get used to translate, learn new words) if they can not find appropriate translation they become frustrated for not having enough practice of English
Experiencing teaching in traditional groups No continuous professional development ( as teacher knows every task in that book by heart) No continuous professional development ( as teacher knows every task in that book by heart) There was no need to develop new course books More translation task rather than communicative one All skills are prepaid in one book
New curriculum reform project It becomes crucial in ELT in Uzbekistan as teaching methodology is outdated. Ss need other skills more then language in their future career and professional development. Ss need other skills more then language in their future career and professional development. Outdated textbooks can not teach young generation who is aware of ICT or even open to changes & updated in world changes issues
Curriculum focuses on the transferable skills Today when the technology and ICT develop too fast and a huge number of inventions are taken place in every sphere of life, learners should be involved in the process of research, project development, or other creative activity that is intended to enhance their knowledge and skills that will be useful in many academic and work environments. Today when the technology and ICT develop too fast and a huge number of inventions are taken place in every sphere of life, learners should be involved in the process of research, project development, or other creative activity that is intended to enhance their knowledge and skills that will be useful in many academic and work environments. It helps students gain confidence in their ability to speak and use English. respond to challenges. English becomes a Global Language, our country needs in a specialists who will be skilled, competent and professional teachers of English with a fluent command of the target language
New curriculum Is topic based Encourages Ss to develop their critical thinking Encourage Ss autonomy Push students to be creative Make Ss motivated & Involved in a project work Help student to develop their study skills
English language strand Listening and speaking ReadingWriting Integrated skills GrammarVocabulary Discourse Analysis English as an international language
Integrated skills. Project work on topic Family
Methodology Language learning Approaches to language teaching Teaching integrated skills Teaching language systems for communication Assessment and testing Classroom language and management Materials evaluation and design English for Specific Purposes Planning for teaching Classroom investigation
Additional modules Independent Study Skills Writing a research paper
Features: All courses are taught in English Teacher autonomy Referred to the CEFR project team (2008)
Learners Autonomy keeping learning logs keeping learning logsReflection Self evaluation Journal entries debates debates Round table discussions presentations presentations giving feedback giving feedback Peer evaluation Reflective writings Making a mini research Process oriented writing Group oriented learning
Give students chance to survive Teach them how to survive
The Wisdom of Nature Nature is a kind mother always takes care of young born babies, whether its animal or bird: to make them strong, to make them survive, and to prepare them for future wild life. Have you ever observed nestling? How the mother bird is patiently waiting until the nestling will be able to break the egg by himself. In his way new young born struggling with all obstacles comes out from the dark. This is the first and very important experience in his life because it shows further capability to live or not to live. No mother, no outer assistance can interfere the process of nestling. This is the way in which Nature train young born babies how to survive in real life and how to become INDEPENDENT
Autonomy is an ability to make your own decisions about what, when, where and how to do something rather than being influenced or told what to do by others.