Humanising Language Teaching
A FIRST REACTION TO A HUMANISTIC LANGUAGE COURSE
The writer of these lines was an advanced learner of English, a scientist in his late 30's:
"When I came here yesterday evening, I thought learning English in a creative way would be like being presented with some sheets full of vocabulary and texts, reading and analysing them with the help of the tutor, and doing something with the texts, eg preparing a sketch.
But - cruel world - the course started totally different, presenting our own opinion on the cultural essence of our countries, describing our front doors, and talking about our life in family, intellectual and imaginational means. Hard work! And good to train us to represent ourselves.
The afternoon session on NLP* wasn't my kind of stuff . I think, even if you are aware of such things like being a visual/auditory/kinesthetic type and the eyes position**, you'll not have a chance to communicate to another person that does not want to. Communication has to be cooperative!
If it is one way, somebody communicating and the other to be communicated, even if the communicator knows about acceptational things, it must fail unless the receiver is "switched on".
Sorry, but that's my opinion on NLP."
* NLP = Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, a theory and practice of communications.
** By watching a person's eye-movements an observer can see whether the person, at any given second, is seeing pictures internally, hearing sounds or whether they are immersed in feeling.