ESL Strategies & Personal Construct Psychology

ESL Strategies and Personal Construct Psychology

Indeed David Paul argues that we try to communicate, SO we learn languages. Many teachers forget this.

Paul argues that The Fundamental Postulate, is a person`s processes are psychologically channelized by the ways in which he anticipates events.

Should be a key word in your teaching Paul seems to suggest.

For successful English classes, students need to decide to have their minds working in the same direction with the other students. Let the students notice things rather than explain.

Mystery is much more interesting Paul stated.

A student that stares out the window isn`t a delinquent he has simply decided to learn by himself, or is not interested in learning what the teacher has to offer. I was often like this as a child. I would daydream.

Paul asked:

What do teachers often do that reduces anticipation?

- give to much information

- Students know the answer is coming so they just wait for it.

- The teacher does the same thing everyday in class.

Paul postulated that teachers don`t have to be clear. Students need to be clear with the learning target.

Teachers should organize things so students can notice what is going on.

Let students notice the pattern.


David Paul threw a duck to a student and said:

"He has a duck."

That student threw the duck to me and I said:

"He has a duck. I have a book."

I threw it to the next person who said:

"He has a book. I have a car."

Paul`s Point:

Key: Comprehensible Interaction -- leads to natural interaction, and is a kind of scaffolding.

Then of course, if you can say it, then you can have them write it too!

"Patterns are at the base of communication," indeed the basics of grammar Paul said.

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