The Social Learning diagram…

I believe in the importance of creating a comfortable environment and atmosphere for all students and especially for those having to ‘operate’ in a foreign language. This diagram reveals some of the skills students and teachers need to build on in order to do so…


Author: tommashouterman

Tommas Houterman is a husband, father, and teacher. He has two sons, Joshua and Midas. Tommas has been teaching since 1996 and has taught in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is currently teaching IB MYP Language & Literature, Language Acquisition and EAL at ISPP in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Tommas has also taught IB PYP at Nanjing International School (NIS) in China, IB MYP English A & B at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Hanoi, Vietnam and MYP English A and DP Language and Literature at Qatar Academy (QA) in Doha, Qatar.

2 thoughts on “The Social Learning diagram…”

  1. Hi Tommas, I have experienced first hand many times the importance of a comfortable environment in order to grow as a learner. I am always amazed to notice myself shut down when I feel unsafe in a group, and I have seen the same shut down expression on student faces. There are certainly some things we can do ourselves to feel more safe in our learning environments, and the more safe we feel, the more safe we make others feel (I hope!). Definitely an important aspect of language learning to focus on and I think the ATLs are closely aligned with the diagram you’ve shared.

  2. Hi Tom,
    I totally agree with you on this post. The diagram clearly outlines important aspects that we all need to focus on. More so, being a teacher in the early years, it is really tough for those kids who arrive in school for the first time, and have to deal with a new environment and strange people. We go by our day in English, sing English songs and read stories in English. Those that are verbal, try to speak to us in their language but we respond in English. So yes, a comfortable environment. understanding and relationship building are some things one can do to make school less daunting for these young learners.

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