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ANTI-TEACHING. HEARD OF THIS CONCEPT?




Most definitely not because I've just made it up. Anti-Teaching is the name I have given (because I can't think of anything else to call it) to my teens/adult lessons through a twist in the planning phase. I've actually been doing my Anti-Teaching for years but want to share it now 🤗

So what is it ❓

👉🏻 It's taking common themes found in textbooks and turning some of the tasks, mainly speaking, upside down to add some colour and humour that could make a lesson/theme less monotonous. 



How did this come about ❓

👉🏻 Many modern day textbooks tend to be self-righteous when it comes to promoting particular themes. Although beneficial, students often feel the approach to these themes is repetitive and at times belittling. 
👉🏻 Teens tend to have a rebellious nature. Although they aspire to be treated older, they do have that "childlike streak" and the same can be said for adults. Anti-Teaching plays on that behaviour and allows students to "have a laugh" whilst practicing English.



How effective has Anti-Teaching been in my classes ❓

👉🏻 Every time I turned a task upside down or created my own, there was a noticeable improvement in mood and being active.

👉🏻 Students were far more engaged when doing pair/group work and given feedback to the whole class.

👉🏻Even when focusing on particular language points, the results were just as effective, if not more, than the typical standard approach. 


👉🏻 The development in creativity/imagination increased tenfold. 
✅ And I have taught a few colleagues how to incorporate Anti-Teaching and they noticed massive results especially in teens willing to work. 

So you're probably thinking: you silly gastarbeiter! Examples, please! Examples!
For example:

💭 In many teens textbooks, there is always some theme on the environment which asks students to discuss current issues and how they can be solved.


💥 Anti-Teaching: Work together and create a plan on how we can destroy the environment even quicker.


💭 Quite often we get students to describe their dream holiday destination.


💥 Anti-Teaching: give students a picture of a tip/shanty town/a shed/a tent under a bridge and have them explain to the class why their stay in those places was the best ever. 


💭 If you're teaching adults (works with teens, too) adjectives of character, doing a role play for a job interview is always good fun. 


💥 Anti-Teaching: rather than have typical jobs, have ones like: Burger flipper, toilet cleaner, kamikaze pilot etc which would still require students to use the standard vocabulary you're teaching but add some fun. 



The list is endless!

But watch out! ❗

👉🏻 Anti-Teaching should only be 20% to 80% standard material. The concept is just to add a fun twist to lessons and makes the course/course book less monotonous and self-righteous at times. Even though you as a teacher know what you're doing, parents and some students might have an issue with you if Anti-Teaching is constant. 



👨‍⚖ ATTENTION 👩‍⚖

If you leave a comment below this post saying something like: Ohhhhh Paul, it's a bad idea because if we do a role play on, for example, how to destroy the environment faster, don't you think we may condition students to behave in such a way that will cause them to becoming eco-terrorists?
My defense: If you are unable to make your students understand the difference between the correct attitudes (e.g. saving the environment and being responsible) and doing some Anti-Teaching tasks for a laugh, then I would request such teachers approach the nearest oxygen-producing tree and apologize to it!

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