This roundtable is aimed at discussing different techniques and methodologies to bring a learner-centered approach to the Persian language classrooms. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: 1) how to more effectively teach the alphabet in the beginner level, 2) how to use cooperative learning as a tool to enhance learners’ motivation, 3) how to fix students’ errors in word order and relative clauses, and 4) how to correct students’ fossilized errors. After each of these presentations, there will be a question and answer and a brainstorm from the audience as how else we as teachers of Persian can make our classes more learner-centered as opposed to more lecture-like teacher-centered classes.
We will examine how to respond to the writing/speaking of heritage learners/speakers and what ways of error corrections should be implemented to their writing and their speaking, focusing on the fossilized errors
Teacher feedback may represent a big investment of time by instructors and students highly value it, but the question is: what types of errors should us teachers respond to? When should we respond to them? What are the most efficacious ways of responding to them? And what role must error treatment (corrective feedback) play in the teaching of the process of writing and speaking?