Australian schools are doing a better job at teaching English than England itself, after it was revealed that England’s education program for teaching English lags considerably behind Australia’s.
This is largely down to different ways in which children are taught between the two countries. In Australia, children are exposed to a more flexible and creative teaching structure, which incorporates interactive learning, such as social networking and digital technology into its course design and delivery. In contrast, English students are subjected to a more rigid educational style that favours a more consistent, structured scientific approach.
A majority of England’s teaching curriculum (68%) is centered towards a teacher-directed approach, that pays attention to phonics, spelling and grammar. This type of direct instruction, where the teacher stands in front of the classroom and presents the information, uses straightforward teaching techniques that are concerned with developmental and instructional theory. It demands for children to sit down quietly, listen and actively participate during teaching.
In Australia, however, teachers are encouraged to adopt a variety of teaching styles to take into account the different learning styles of its students, in addition to the linguistic and cultural differences. In these classrooms, children are encouraged to initiate their own learning activities from a variety of mediums prepared by the teacher. This might include role play/dramatisation, books, recordings, music etc.
Australia’s education system attracts an array of students from around the world and the teaching curriculum takes this into account and seeks to develop the student’s mindset so that it supports diversity and difference.
Many schools around the world are slowly adopting diverse teaching programs and curriculums that enrich student learning and develop a sense of global understanding.