Direct Instruction Works

What does a magnet tell us about direct instruction?

There’s an ongoing debate about whether direct instruction or discovery learning works best in ELT. Direct learning is when you give students new information explicitly, such as telling them that we form the plural in English by adding -s to the end of words. By contrast, discovery learning is letting students figure out the rules by themselves. It might seem obvious that each has its own place.

However, when I talk to teachers, most seem to prefer┬ádiscovery learning and use direct instruction only as a last resort. If your students are really struggling, then you can jump in with the explicit information.┬áBut, the other day while teaching my four-year old about magnets, I realized how useful direct instruction can be! Continue reading “Direct Instruction Works”