The Pygmalion approach: New perspectives toward English Language teaching
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 1492-1508
AbstractThe Pygmalion approach towards English Language teaching and learning is based on the positive form of self-fulfilling prophecy that shows how teachers' expectations lead to an increase in the students' performance. The objective of this paper is to develop, encourage, and create the right climate and input pattern for teaching English (LSRW), which would bring in a real transformation in the classroom. A close observation of undergraduate students of Bangalore University, their performance related to their curriculum both literature and language skills( LSRW) in four different classrooms with 50 to 60 contact hours was taken up for serious study. In each of the classrooms, motivation was a strong driving force to usher in a strong sense of self-esteem, converting average students to extraordinary performers. First, seeking to understand than to be understood, creating an ecology of transformation and care for students was the promise of this new approach. More specifically, it was observed that nonverbal behavior, spatial behavior, extra-linguistic behavior, and linguistic behavior played an excellent role in enhancing language skills. To conclude, new dimensions in the interaction between teachers and students' expectations, which need to be a pure transaction without distortion and disruption, were emphasized during teaching and learning.
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