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F-R-O-N-T: 5 ways to make ‘exploring’ (in an ESL classroom) a shared adventure, rather than a disembodied barrage


Wilhelm, Tom (2007) F-R-O-N-T: 5 ways to make ‘exploring’ (in an ESL classroom) a shared adventure, rather than a disembodied barrage. In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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Abstract

Combining cooperative learning strategies, storytelling-as-a-performance-art skills, and public speaking fundamentals can make “Exploring” (in an ESL classroom) a shared adventure, rather than a disembodied barrage (resulting from misused tools. Audience analysis when applied to a classroom of students helps instructors to accurately target initial and ongoing needs, so that “change for the better” becomes a healthy habit. All too often language instructors face non-responsive students. There are reasons, other than “this group just seems to be that way,” for such behavior. Employing some simple techniques could turn your classroom into a fun-filled adventure. This paper puts forth the FRONT approach to engage students, rather than to repel them (or, worse yet, to accept apathy), within the classroom. Framing, then Painting; Reactive and Proactive; Own, Don’t Moan; No Techno Babble; and Tales – when applied in YOUR classroom - will lead to students wanting to return and participate. Developing such a win-win learning situation helps everyone to come out in FRONT in (second) language acquisition efforts!

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 02:47
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 02:48
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3283

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