Catering To Learner Needs Using Cards

Lisa M. Corbin, School for International Training


Catering to the needs of a learner is of great concern in a whole learning approach to language instruction. This paper will explore what is intended by whole learning, outline the needs of a learner, and provide a series of tasks and activities to use with cards. The first chapter introduces the topic and briefly describes the author’s classroom situation. The second chapter describes my initial experiences and discoveries while using cards in the classroom. The third chapter outlines the theoretical principles behind whole learning, details the needs of a learner and parallels how cards comply with these needs. The final section of Chapter Three draws some conclusions about using cards in a second language classroom. This paper concludes with a final Chapter consisting of a series of suggested tasks and activities using card materials.