Look at the Score section underneath the questions below. Then look at the first question. If your answer to the first question is ‘Always the teacher’, note down 1 point on a piece of paper. As you answer each question, note down your score. When you have answered all the questions, total your score. You will see an analysis of the results below
a) Who asks questions in your classroom?
b) Who answers questions in your classroom?
c) Who gives instructions?
d) Who explains things?
e) Who checks the answers to the exercises?
f) Who repeats when someone hasn’t heard?
g) Who organizes pairs or groups?
h) Who tells stories?
i) Who sets the homework?
j) Who goes over the aims of the lesson?
(Adapted from Deller, S. Lessons from the Learner (1990), Harlow: Longman)
1 point – Always the teacher
2 points – Usually the teacher
3 points – Sometimes the teacher, sometimes the learners
4 points – Usually the learners
5 points – Always the learners
10-25 points: If you gave 1 or 2 points to most of the questions, you are probably doing more work than the students! Let’s try to shift the emphasis away from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’ by involving the students more. They should probably take more responsibility for their learning, shouldn’t they? They won’t always have a teacher sitting next to them.
26-35 points: You are on your way to becoming an ‘enabler’. The learners are taking more responsibility for what is happening in the lesson. They are contributing and interacting with each other. They may need guidance and prompting sometimes to use language in a more sophisticated way. Let’s just be careful to guide them so that the program objectives are being met, too.
36-50 points: You are allowing the students to have quite a lot of control over what happens in class. Are you sure that the program objectives are being met? If your students understand the objectives and have developed the skills to be autonomous learners, then this approach may be effective. If they are not, you need to be skilled at guiding them towards appropriate choices in class.