Karen Sykes, Head of Modern Languages at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, was awarded Distinction for her research, submitted as part of her post-graduate studies at the University of Durham. The submitted paper, borne out of reflections on Effective Teaching and Learning (ETL), is much longer and more detailed than the linked summary, which we are delighted to post on our website for your interest.
The paper explores the concepts of productive and purposeful thinking while managing those tricky affective filters with post-16 advanced language learners, specifically Spanish A Level. However, any colleague from any discipline with a particular interest in ETL and managing the emotional dynamics of classrooms with a view to encouraging depth of learning and eventual success in their discipline (in a more holistic sense) might find the odd nugget within it, or, indeed, a source that they may want to follow up on for themselves.
In essence, the paper’s main pillars are:
Throughout, the object is to provide context and opportunities for empowerment of learning individuals (e.g. through emotionally literate activities which activate a sense of worth, ethical value and mutual appreciation).
The paper aims also to address a series of dilemmas, which include:
The full paper can be downloaded on our 'Resources' page.