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Once solidly founded on the bedrock, like the sea anemone the teacher can sway to the rhythms of any tides or currents, without the trauma of being swept away purposelessly. It is fun to sway to new rhythms, but as we ourselves choose, not under the pressure of outsiders who do not understand the complexities of our situation. Teachers need the stimulation of new thinking and new techniques to keep a fresh and lively approach to their teaching, but without losing their grip on enduring truths of learning and teaching that have proved to be basic to effective language experiences.

I have tried to distill this central core, as I see it, in the form of Ten Principles of Interactive Language Learning and Teaching, which attempt to capture in simple language what teachers in different approaches have found to be the essential facilitators of learning.

With this firm foundation, teachers are liberated from group pressures to yield unthinkingly to whichever winds of change are sweeping through their professional field at a particular time, and are empowered to develop and strengthen their own ways of proceeding in relation to the needs and individual strengths of their students in a particular context.

They may find new trends fully consistent with their basic philosophy and enthusiastically endorse them, or, not being fully convinced, they may prefer to pick and choose from what is proposed, selecting what is compatible with their own approach and rejecting what they do not see as conducive to effective language learning in their present situation.

In this way the teacher is in control, making his or her own decisions, which will vary with changing circumstances, experimenting judiciously and observing in practice what is effective and what is not for his or her own students.

An explication of the Ten Principles will help the teacher distinguish between what is fundamental and what is expendable. In so doing the teacher experiences what Seneca observed, namely, that "while we teach we learn. In the words of an old proverb the person "who is too old to learn is too old to teach.

It is this interactive approach to teaching and learning that is basic to the Ten Principles. For faster loading, this article has been divided into the following sections: Principle 1 : The student is the language learner Principle 2 : Language learning and teaching are shaped by student needs and objectives in particular circumstances Principle 3 : Language learning and teaching are based on normal uses of language, with communication of meanings in oral or written form basic to all strategies and techniques Principle 4 : Classroom relations reflect mutual liking and respect, allowing for both teacher personality and student personality in a non-threatening atmosphere of cooperative learning Principle 5 : Basic to use of language are language knowledge and language control Principle 6 : Development of language control proceeds through creativity, which is nurtured by interactive, participatory activities.

Principle 7 : Every possible medium and modality is used to aid learning Principle 8 : Testing is an aid to learning Principle 9 : Language Learning is penetrating another culture; students learn to operate harmoniously within it or in contact with it Principle 10 : The real world extends beyond the classroom walls; language learning takes place in and out of the classroom Notes : When you click a footnote number, a new window will open with that footnote scrolled to the top of the page.

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