IEP - Learning through Living

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don't be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticising you. The chances are that they aren't paying any attention to you. It's your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you'll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there's no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

The words of Roosevelt put it best, as the biggest challenge for most language learners to begin with is conquering the fears to show themselves in learning and understanding in public. To help our students gain more confidence and courage to be true risk-takers and communicators, we have designed a series of interesting actives and games for their schedule. These easygoing and fun-related learning experiences not only make IEP classes become colourful journeys for our students, but an effective and comfortable learning method to improve their English.

Today for my Clothes and Fashion Unit of G9s, I've brought some simple clothes from my wife’s wardrobe: a dress, a jacket, a dress, a blouse and a T-shirt. They giggled a lot as they told me those clothes are out of season now. I was glad that it was a very good start because everyone was as engaged as I had planned. Next, shopping dialogues in pairs popped up very well with asking prices, describing colours and sizes, compliments to customers … We had similar wonderful experiences last week when taking our students to the farm for outdoor activities. They learned how to entangle each other by using simple yet cooperative skills to free their hands from two interlocked lengths of plastic string, they were full of laughs and funny body language that day and everyone enjoyed it. 

I think we might all learn a lesson by turning some daily scenes of life and living into successful acts when students sometimes “forget” the serious concept of classroom. When they become the leading characters of the show, the fears and anxieties are gone in a second. Moreover, learning by living perfectly expresses Prem’s philosophy that students learn in a three-generation living and learning community. This type of learning is authentic and meaningful. Therefore, the students are better able to retain and apply their knowledge. 

IEP learning through living models:

  • Students will learn basic skills with as much or as little support as necessary
  • Students will apply their knowledge to real world situations
  • Students will explore areas of interest
  • Students will learn social skills that can be used to help them to be successful in real-world situations

We would like to add a big “THANK YOU" to Ajarn Jeremy and all Junior School staff supporting our work in IEP and helping our students make fun music videos. Thank you for your hard work and creative idea to give them a happy learning through living. 

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Best regards,

Jun Zhang
Intensive English Programme Teacher, Boarding House Parent

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