Lesson 1: Why FL Teachers Need to Know about Learners

Disconnect Between Teachers and Learners

When learners are given a forum to voice concerns about their own learning process, often issues surface that shed light on misconceptions that might be hindering their learning experience. Listen to some of the feedback from a second semester French class.


Asking learners what they want to tell teachers.

Duration: 01:20

Language learners and teachers can have very different ideas about what the learners should be doing in class. Listen to the experience of one well-meaning instructor.


Language learners and teachers have different impressions about what is going on in the classroom.

Duration: 01:34

Think about your experience as a language learner. Can you remember any instances where you thought that you were doing what the teacher wanted but later realized that you were supposed to be doing something else?