Why do we flip our classes?
I do believe that we unanimously agree with Benjamin Franklin when he said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”
so, this is flipped learning philosophy: Involving the students in the learning process to help them not only become successful exam takers, whose parents feel proud to speak about their academic achievements but even influential leaders that the humanity will be proud of their accomplishments. In other words, in terms of learning languages, when we flip, we explicitly complement the main goals of the communicative approach philosophy that some of the teacher wholeheartedly support but unfortunately strive to implement in their classes. As long as the methodology is traditional, the outcome will remain so. In other words, instead of promoting students who communicate effectively, we introduce students who master nothing but speaking. I do believe that there is a big difference between communicating and speaking.
In our classes, which involve theory and practice, we will touch how we can move from parrot students who speak for the sake of speaking or classes dominated by reluctant, introvert, and diffident students to open-minded, creative and outgoing ones in an inclusive class with a teacher receptive to new ideas and very ready to engage his students in leadership building activities including: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. We will see how we can overcome the hugest constraints, including Time, pace and practice.
One hand does not clap, what about having many hands: we will warmly applaud the outcome of our effort that our students will warmly keep in their minds for years.