DHARMANAND JOSHI (MAHENDRA ADARSHA COLLEGE)

UNDERSTANDING THE LEARNERS: ARE WE RUNNING IN OPPOSITE GEAR? : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

My journey of teaching has taught that my classrooms are of different colors when I compare each student with others. If they are not dealt within time, their learning takes roots to vicious learning failures and they may, as Sprague and Walker (2000) report, tend to develop problems like alienation from school, early drop outs and sometimes social maladjustment. So, proper understanding of their presence, behavior, linguistic and para-linguistic features and their personal intuitions is indispensable. This research based presentation highlights widely practiced tendency of the teachers in classroom teaching and the consequences they encounter as a result, especially in Nepal. This step aims to create background for the presentation and to emphasize the need for understating learners prior to teaching. It furthers presents some exciting stories of the students and the ways employed to b

Dharmanand Joshi (D.N), one of the editors of NELTA ELT forum, has earned his MPhil degree in English Education from Kathmandu University. His areas of interest include teaching methods and techniques and addressing learning differences. He can be reached atdnsushil016@kusoed.edu.np)