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, summarizing, 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.
We've put together resources here to help you implement mediation.
Tim Goodier explains the importance of mediation in the classroom.
His roles in education included Head of Academic Development (Eurocentres), teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, course developer, school inspector and Eaquals Trustee.
Tim Goodier sadly passed away in March 2020. Tim was pre-eminent in the international education industry and brought with him a wealth and depth of knowledge. He received a British Council ELTons award for his Masters Dissertation with Best Potential Impact on English language teaching, concerning the pedagogic exploitation of CEFR ‘can do’ descriptors.
Tim was a kind and informative mentor as we explored the role of mediation in language teaching, and a joy to work with as we developed these mediation videos, blogs and podcast.
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