In this post, you will find anything you need to know about teacher-centered instruction and its characteristics.
In Teacher-Centered Instruction, students put all of their focus on the teacher. teachers talk, and the students exclusively listen.
A typical Presentation – Practice – Production (PPP) lesson tends to be teacher-centred, as the teacher leads the activity and provides necessary information.
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10 Teacher-Centered Instruction Characteristics
These are 10 characteristics of teacher-centered instruction
- The teacher is the center of knowledge and in charge of learning.
- Students are usually passively receiving information.
- The instructor’s role is to be primary information giver and primary evaluator.
- Students are viewed as “empty vessels” who passively receive knowledge from their teachers.
- Teachers and professors act as the sole supplier of knowledge, and under the direct instruction model, teachers often utilize systematic, scripted lesson plans.
- Teacher Centered Instruction is fairly low-tech, often relying on the use of textbooks and workbooks instead of computers
- Assessments are in many cases only carried out as summative and not formative evaluations and they rarely address qualitative issues of the learner’s progress.
Teacher-Centered Instruction Pros and Cons
These are some of the pros and cons of using teacher- centered instruction:
The pros of teacher-centered instruction:
- The classroom remains orderly.
- Students are quiet as the teacher presents new information and lead the activities
- Teachers retain full control of the classroom and its activities.
- The teacher is an effective model of the target language.
- The teacher is an important source of information on how the learners are doing.
The cons of teacher-centered instruction:
- Students don’t learn to collaborate with other students missing opportunities to share what they have learned.
- Student don’t use their communication skills.
- This type of instruction can be boring for students.
- Teacher-centered education doesn’t allow students to express themselves and direct their own learning.
- Students don’t outgrow their dependency on the supervising instructors and teachers.
- Teacher-Centered Instruction doesn’t empower learner’s autonomous study-skills and subsequently lifelong learning skills.
- Teacher-centered learning most often doesn’t address the importance of open inquiry.
Teacher Centered Approach PDF
These are some key research articles about the teacher-centered approach:
- Teacher-centered or Student-centered Learning Approach to Promote Learning?
- A Comparison of Teacher-Centered and Student-Centered Approaches in Educational Settings
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