Thursday 28 March 2013

The Move Towards Not Using Books in TEFL

Like fashion, teaching methodology seems to fall in and out of favour. For the past couple of years there seems to be a move away from using books and having the teacher create all the material. Proponents of this method say that the teacher knows the students' needs better than a textbook writer and can therefore better cater to their needs.

While this may be true, most (good) textbook writers are very experienced teachers and writers which is the reason they have a book published and you don't. In addition, teachers have enough on their plate with grading, rubics, creating exams, meetings, and planning, why should they have to take on more work?

Furthermore, when a teacher leaves, unless they've left a complete curriculum behind, the new teacher has no idea what the students have learned exactly. With a textbook, the teacher can see the ideas as well as the exercises they have completed.

I can see the pros and cons of this, more pros I believe, I think that there can be a happy medium: use a book as a guide and then supplement as necessary.


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