How to challenge our own attitudes
3.A.1. Explaining the Problem Based Learning approach and procedure
If the participants are not familiar with Problem Based Learning, it is important to devote some minutes to explaining the approach and the format of the session(s) before you begin the activities. In some settings group discussions and peer learning may be an unfamiliar and initially uncomfortable learning situation. It is therefore important to stress the knowledge, experience and variety of worldviews which participants themselves bring to the session(s) and the value of these complementary personal resources. For instance, someone who is themselves bilingual or closely connected to a bilingual individual will be able to share insights into how bilinguals learn and function on a daily basis. Participants who have experience of working with emergent bilingual learners in educational settings will be able to share the challenges and successes they have encountered.