“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”
This quote from book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paolo Freire. My favourite books so far, were recommended independently by different people. In the case of this book, my dad today described to me that my idea of hosting self-organising language courses reminds him of successful methods for the empowerment of people. What we envision is a course format where the needs and relevant vocabulary of course participants stand central. For a more personal exploration of what participants really really really want to learn, and to support sharing relevant content with peers.
What makes Pedagogy of the Oppressed relevant is that within this circles, more can be discussed than just the language. When asking why someone wants to learn certain content and what make sit relevant, this can open up a door to deeper sharing of needs and realisations. A group that identifies and shares language learning goals, may also share the problems and considerations that are hidden behind the direct need of a language.
This opportunity opens up if courses no longer become one-directional from the teacher to students, but actually have the need of students at their core.