Redefining Your EFL Teaching by Employing the Five-E System Introduction
Imagine that you are alone in a room with nothing to do. No cell phone, no book to read or TV to watch, no other people to talk to. Just you and your thoughts for 15 minutes. How will you feel? How much can your brain tolerate? How long can you endure this boring environment? What are you going to do? Sure, you're going to search for something novel and stimulating as you will feel bored. Remember that I'm only talking about 15 minute-period. So, as teachers, we should realize how boredom impacts our students whose brains always seek engagement, stimulation, choice, movement, meaning and novelty and many other things so as not to feel bored. Some teachers still insist on using traditional methods of teaching with today's students. According to modern research, yesterday's methods worked well for yesterday's students. But today's students have different brain. They spend much more time on TV and on the Internet so their brains need a different learning environment. One that is enriching with sound, images, animation, movement and social communications.