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Open Air schools teaching languages

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2018/06/open-air-school.html

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It would be interesting to see if there are any teachings that teach in the open air schools and how successful are they in teaching languages

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July 27, 2018

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When I was in college, I was fortunate to do a study abroad one summer at a university in Mexico City. The campus had been recently damaged by an earthquake. Our classrooms were not open air but the cafeteria was. It was like a big circus tent with a food service line and tables and chairs underneath. Mexico City enjoys a lovely climate - low 70s most days in the summer time and cool at night - so it was perfect for an open air experience.

I work at a college now and in the early fall and late spring professors often hold class out of doors, but it's not something that could be done on a routine basis. Wind ruffles books and notebooks, and there is no way to project images or show videos in the outdoors. It can be difficult to make yourself heard outside, and there are a lot of distractions.

Still, it's a lovely change and the sunlight and fresh air are invigorating. It can be an effective way to wake up a listless group of students. It's a super option for days when the class is doing a lot of discussions.

I think a mix of traditional and open air might work well in a language class. Indoors for taking copious notes and outdoors for spoken exercises.

July 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

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Thank you

When I used to teach in State Schools in Poland I would take the children out into the open air as often as possible.

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Thank you

it is always lovely to hear from you

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all the best

Jack

July 27, 2018
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