Learning Blocks

Learning Blocks

Learning blocks are both internal and external in nature.

Internal blocks, like negative experiences in a student’s early life, personality and certain characteristics can inhibit both motivation and aspiration.

External blocks include unsuitable learning environments, social and cultural influence and teacher attitude. External blocks can, however, not only exacerbate the internal blocks of a student lacking confidence and motivation, but could also hinder the successful progress of a motivated student.

For the purpose of this task I have divided the many learning blocks into two sections.

1. The blocks students may experience before attempting new language learning, and

2. The blocks developed within the learning environment.

Blocks students have before language learning and are brought to classroom:

1. A student’s society, culture and family could have negative attitudes towards English or countries where English is spoken

2. Social and cultural values

3. High or low expectations from significant others or peers

4. Economic situation at home (the student may be coming to class lacking nutrition, proper clothing or necessary stationery)

5. Sleep deprivation because of poor economic situation could affect concentration and motivation to learn

6. Personality traits such as shyness could block communication

7. Fear of failure, criticism and ridicule

8. Inability to cope with failure

9. Perception that natural language aptitude is lacking

10. Negative preconceived ideas and previous experiences of learning

11. Past failure in language learning

12. Demoralized attitude because of constant failure, especially students who already have problems with self-image and confidence

13. Things happening in student’s private life; relationships, death, divorce, abuse, job loss

Blocks that can develop in the learning environment:

1. First impression of an unattractive,...

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