Teaching unplugged

Teaching unplugged refers to teaching without a textbook and without a lesson plan. This may sound lazy or unprepared, but there’s a method to the madness. First of all, it puts also all of the focus on the student and teacher. There is nothing in-between them. The success or failure of the class relies solely on what’s already ‘in the heads’ of the teacher and students.

It’s more akin to having a conversation. But even better, it’s a conversation a student has with a really smart person. So you can say it’s a kind of formal mentorship, in maybe an older socratic style using the “live” word. There is a fluidity and dynamism to it. The ‘live word’ is fresh, new, in-the-moment, ever changing, but always relevant.

An aside to the discrimination debate

So I’m looking at articles on discrimination and a lot of people seem to equate discrimination of white/colored with native/non-native.

In my experience, the native/non-native argument is academic. That is, it has no bearing on practice and trying to use this argument to effect practice is.. impractical. Schools are not discriminating against native and non-native speakers. They are discriminating against white and coloured teachers.

So the real questions is, why do language schools love the white man?

More to follow…