ERIC Number: ED253057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Personalization in the Language Classroom.
Omaggio, Alice C.; Boylan, Patricia C.
A collection of suggestions is presented for ways in which second language students can be encouraged to express real feelings, opinions, and judgments within their level of linguistic competence. Sections are included which focus on dialogue, grammar, vocabulary, narratives, and culture as content areas for which lesson plans can be devised to promote the sharing of facts (about the self and the world); feelings, ideas, and judgments; and imagination. The section on dialogues suggests personalized question-answer sessions, use of Likert-type scales, and role-play and simulation to promote student participation. The section on grammar recommends weather and news reporting, personalized completion exercises, interviews, a simulated phone call to a native speaker, conversation cards, a "stump-the-teacher" game, captioning pictures, and chain stories. The vocabulary section lists student-prepared warm-ups, true-false statements, scrambled sentences, drawing pictures from a description, guessing games, jigsaw puzzles, ranking of likes and dislikes, captioning or describing pictures, a group story, and use of want ads, advertisements, and poetry as techniques for personalizing language instruction. A variety of activities based on a Spanish short story are outlined in the section on narratives, and suggested activities related to culture include jigsaw puzzles, use of Socratic questions, personal experiences, making evaluations about story characters' behavior, and creating a culture-specific dialogue from an existing one. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.