Better learning through mediation
Mediation is a fundamental feature of communication that is collaborative and responsive to the needs of others. It is based on a view of real-world language use that goes beyond a scheme of four skills and instead gives us categories of reception, production, interaction and mediation. This last category has recently been expanded with the addition of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) descriptor scales that can provide a useful roadmap for learning and achievement.
Mediation covers a range of activities and strategies where the language user consciously adapts what they say, write or do to promote better understanding, for example in presenting, explaining, summarising, problem solving and team work. Here we’ll explore what this can mean in practical terms for planning lessons, tracking progress and preparing learners for the careers of the future.
Tim Goodier explains the importance of mediation in the classroom.