Unit 1: Current Classroom Practices



Traditional classrooms

Stop and think about your average class...think about your classroom activities and your students' participation. What do you see? What do your students do in a typical class period? Are they actively participating? How do they get to practice and interact with the target language? Are they speaking the target language regularly? Do they talk with each other or with you? Do they ever correspond with native speakers?

Traditionally, classrooms focus on a teacher-based system where an instructor runs the class, giving students information and guiding practice activities to pass knowledge and expertise onto students. These traditional classrooms and methods have begun a transformation in the past century and continues to be ever changing. Due in part to our modernized, technological world, our students and classrooms are much more dynamic and interactive.

Ideal Learning Environment

What describes the ideal learning environment for learning a foreign language?