“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. So far, I have found the most useful and interesting resources so far either because multiple people in my life independently mentioned them, or by me following an interesting trail in the internet for long enough to get a deeper understanding of a methodology or material. In the case of this book, my father today described to me that my idea of hosting self-organising language courses reminds him of successful methods for the empowerment of what today the refugee population is at risk of becoming. What we envision is a course format where the needs and relevant vocabulary of course participants stand central also opens the door for a more personal exploration of what participants really really really want to learn, and sharing of 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.