Gail Ellis MBE
Teaching our learners how to learn
Learning to learn is an important aim of most curricula throughout the world but often tends to remain at the more abstract level in official documents. One of the main reasons for this is a lack of practical guidelines and training for teachers.
I will discuss the theoretical and methodological concepts of learning to learn and demonstrate how the ‘plan do review’ routine provides both the teacher and students with a framework which combines both metacognitive and cognitive strategy development. In this way, students are guided to reflect on what and how they learn, as well as self-assess their performance and gradually take on more responsibility for their own learning.
Gail Ellis MBE is Adviser Young Learners and Quality for the EU region and is based at the British Council, Paris. She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager. Her publications include Learning to Learn English, The Primary English Teacher’s Guide and Tell It Again!, republished in its third edition in 2014 by the British Council and, most recently, Teaching children how to learn which won an award in the 2016 English Speaking Union English Language Awards in the category, Resources for Teachers. She is an advocate for children’s language learning rights and her main interests include children’s literature, young learner ELT management and inclusive education.