Yes, but… what’s NLP?
It’s not enough saying that Neuro
Linguistic Programming is the latest (or nearly latest…) trend in
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) methodology. The point is:
why should we teachers adopt it in our everyday practice and also, will
it really be useful?
“These questions run too
deep for such a simple man…” (quotation from a song of the
eighties by Supertramp): let’s start from the middle:
Isn’t it good enough what we’ve been doing for years?
Yes, it is! It has been good for years and it still is, but shall we honest! Can you remember an episode when that communicative game which had worked so well with the students of the previous year was just ineffective with the new class? How could that happen and what was your reaction? Did you come to the conclusion that it was the kids who were wrong and not you and so you insisted in proposing an activity which the students insisted on rejecting and sabotaging? Don’t worry, things like that happen to everybody all over the world… However I must also add that NLP could have helped you on that occasion. How? Well, by reminding you that
The meaning of a message is in its effect
Which simply means that we are
responsible for the result of communication: it’s useless accusing
other people for not accepting or misunderstanding what we propose. Beware!
I didn’t say: it’s wrong! I said: it’s useless! It’s
enough difficult to change ourselves: trying to change other people is
simply impossible… especially if those people happen to be students.
So we have convince ourselves that the most beautiful lecture or activity
or pair work may be good for some learners and bad for others and if this
is the case, we can’t change the learners but… we can change
activity! In fact
Just a few words about this acronym
which usually scares people to death: Neuro Linguisting Programming. Don't
be afraid of the term Neuro: nobody in a white uniform will oblige you
to wear a shirt with very long sleeves and, then, push you into an ambulance…
It’s true that NLP is largely known by psychotherapists, but it
is widely used as well by athletes to raise the performance levels, by
sellers to convince reluctant customers and also by teachers to find better
ways for teaching.
Know yourself better
Isn’t it enough? Yes, I think this stuff is enough for today. Stay in touch in order to receive another dose of NLP in pills.
Kisses to everybody!