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HOMEWORK. ASK OR NOT ASK?
Homework is a sore subject for all teachers, not only for those who teach foreign languages. For a long time, I have been a staunch supporter of the need for homework, and in large quantities. But then, when I increasingly began to find myself not in the role of a teacher, but in the role of a student, and became the mother of a schoolboy, my views changed a little. So is it worth asking homework? Or is it not? What are the main advantages and disadvantages here? Indeed whether domestic tasks help students quickly learn the language? Let's look at the situation from different angles and list the possible pros and cons. I have yet happened 4 arguments "for" and 4 arguments "against".
1. The time allotted for learning a foreign language in the classroom is clearly not enough, and students need additional practice in order for their progress to be tangible. Homework allows you to clarify difficult points, as well as better assimilate the material. It is logical if fairly simple tasks are given at home, with which the student can cope on their own, and on which they simply do not want to waste time in the classroom. For example, it is quite possible to open the parentheses in the exercise and check your answers by keys at home.
2. Homework allows students to better remember the material studied in the class - otherwise, there is a high probability that students will forget everything they learned in the lesson. Therefore, it makes no sense to take home the study of new material (unless, of course, you are working on the flipped classroom model), since there is a high probability that the students either will not understand it, or the tasks will show them too difficult, especially given that they will not be able to ask a question to the teacher or someone from the class / group.
3. This argument is closely related to the first. With homework, students can quickly feel significant progress in language learning. If students don't read books, newspapers and magazines, watch movies , listen to podcasts , and communicate, albeit over the Internet, with native speakers, then they will never be able to truly master the language. You can do all of the above only at home, on your own, since all this is an individual work.
4. At home, students may use materials and sources of information that may not be available in the classroom. They can also ask for essay help in case they have problems writing some text or something like that. At school , there is often not only time, but also the opportunity to watch video or listen to audio, not to mention online communication. Moreover, students can themselves find materials of interest to them on the Internet, and work with them independently, even if it was not asked at home. Someone might like Duolingo , Busuu, or Memrise , why not use them?
1. Students may not have time to complete their homework. In adults, the students have a job and a family, have children - a lot of school work, perhaps more important to them than yours, as well as dance / music / Pool / exit events, and yes, they are really overwhelmed and very tired. For kids up to 5-6 years old, in general, classes as such are not relevant, for them the main thing is the game, since it is it that helps them to develop and learn the world. At the same time, both adults and schoolchildren often feel guilty if they cannot do their homework, which does not in the best way affect their attitude towards language learning in general. Therefore, it is worth considering the capabilities of the students. If they are now so busy that they will not have time to complete their homework, then perhaps it is not worth asking it yet?
2. In all honesty, when you give homework to students, can you always be sure that it will really help consolidate the material learned in the class? Most modern textbooks are accompanied by workbooks, which largely duplicate the lesson material, and are designed for independent work, but you should always ask yourself the question for what purpose you are asking students to do this or that exercise. Better yet , consult with them and ask what assignment they would like to see as homework.
3. Homework does not have a significant impact on academic performance, especially when working with preschoolers and younger students. In countries where a large amount of homework is assigned, learning success rates are not higher, and often lower, than in countries where there is no homework, or they are assigned to a minimum. If this aspect is interesting to you, look for information about the education system in Finland, which is considered one of the best in the world, where even in high school the time for doing homework is limited to one and a half hours.
In any case, even if you ask homework, you should not overload the students, it does not benefit them. Also, you can relieve the burden on students with the help of homework professionals in English https://essayassistant.org/english-homework-help/ .
4. It is possible that students simply do not need formal homework. Nowadays, more and more often, education is being spoken of not as acquiring a formal set of knowledge, but as developing the so-called skills of the 21st century . We live in such an information-rich world that we simply have to constantly learn something new. Perhaps your students are already actively learning the language on their own, using the tools listed in paragraph 4 of the arguments "for", or using other resources that interest them, and your homework will be superfluous for them?
It seems to me that homework is not absolutely mandatory, especially when teaching preschoolers and younger students. But, if we approach the organization of homework rationally, taking into account the needs and capabilities of students, then it can significantly help in achieving learning goals . The main thing is that the assignments really bring benefits to the students, and not just take up their time.