Last week, we talked about some core concepts of NLP and teaching pronunciation.
Core concepts of NLP:
Submodalities: exploring your imagination.
How can we remember things? Byseeing, hearing or feeling? Submodalities represent this: how we remember things.That’s to say, every thought we have is formed by pictures, sounds or sensations.
Anchoring: recapturing good moments.
It means changing our state of mind or mood easily by using the technique. Anchoring happens naturally when somethingsuch as a sound, a smell, a taste or a picture reminds us a moment of our life. For example, whenever I hear the song of Black Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow, I remember my last summer holiday with my cousins
Anchors may set off negative feelings inaddition to positive feelings. When we come to implications, there are a lot of waysusing anchors in the classroom. One of them is
. According to thisanchor, as a teacher, in order to stop students’ talking in the classroom, I can sit downquietly on my chair by raising my arm until they see me, stop talking and raise their hand. Another anchor is
“the penalty box”
. This anchor is used to discipline studentson a special place in the classroom. In order to stop talking or prevent unwanted behavior, I can walk towards this place to make them understand there is somethingwrong in the class. However, actually, what I should do mainly is to be patient,whatever happens in the class. That’s the point, I think!
Sensory acuity: noticing, not assuming.
Sensory acuity, one of the four pillars of NLP, is concerned with noticing the nonverbal clues that people are communicating.As a teacher, what I should do is to practise my sensory acuity and notice what isgoing on in the class. I should be alert to the non-verbal signals from my learners andread their non-verbal messages.
Rapport: the key to communication.
Rapport is also one of the four pillars of NLP.It concerns maximizing similarities and minimizing differences. If there are somesimilarities between the teacher and students, it is easier to communicate. As a teacher,to create rapport, I should use the language the way students understand. We alsotalked about matching and mirroring.
is doing the same thing with the same part of the body as the other person. That’s to say, to do same thing between me andmy students.
is using the opposite side of your body as in a mirror.Mirroring is a kind of effective classroom management. Matching and mirroring awhole class at the same time is not possible, but getting them all into rapport with eachother by doing activities is possible. I should also do energizer and cooler activitiesaccording to students’ mood.
Perceptual positions: see it my way, see it your way.
This is related to how we look at the issues and how we view things from at least three different points. First position;experiencing something from my own point of view; in other words, seeing, hearingand feeling the events through my own eyes, ears and feelings. As a teacher, what Ishould do is to meet my own needs firstly, and then to beware of being selfish andinsensitive to the needs of learners. Second position; experiencing something from the