teacher-centred vs learner-centred lesson

How do you engage your students speaking in English?

How would you describe a lesson in which your students are to practise ordering things in a café, using a recorded dialogue as a model?

If our aim is to make our learners develop speaking skills, it’s important to create a lesson where all our learners have the opportunity to speak and express themselves.

This is why I prefer learner-centred lessons!

Here are some reasons for making a lesson more learner-centred:

  • It involves the class and keeps their attention.
  • It increases motivation.
  • It gives more chance for learners to speak English: it increases ‘student talking time’ (STT) and reduces ‘teacher talking time’ (TTT).
  • It encourages learners to work more autonomously, so they are less dependent on the teacher.
  • It encourages learners to cooperate and help each other.


This is a list of activities you can use at the begining of the lesson:

  • brainstorming about the topic or the vocabulary
  • the odd one out!
  • describe the picture
  • what would you do if…?
  • talk about your own experience!
  • watch the video and say what is about.

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