Mediation

Better learning through mediation

Mediation is a fundamental feature of communication that's 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.

About Tim Goodier

Tim Goodier

Tim was a member of the core authoring group for the CEFR Companion Volume with New Descriptors, and a consultant for the Council of Europe for the further development of the CEFR.

His former roles in education included Head of Academic Development (Eurocentres), teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, course developer, school inspector and Eaquals Trustee.

He won a British Council ELTons award for his MA dissertation with King’s College London concerning teacher perspectives on the pedagogic exploitation of CEFR can-do descriptors.  

Note on Tim Goodier

Podcast

A panel chat to Tim Goodier on the Pearson English Podcast to find out more about mediation and the CEFR Companion Volume.

Webinars

Explore our series of webinars and how you can implement teaching mediation in your classroom.

An introduction to teaching mediation
March 2020
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Mediation activities for young learners
March 2020
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Getting to grips with teaching mediation
October 2020
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How to teach mediation online
October 2020
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How to assess mediation
October 2020
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