ERIC Number: ED367129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Environmental Education in Second Language Instruction. Occasional Paper No. 46.
Jacobs, George M.
Integration of environmental education and second language instruction is discussed, with two purposes: to describe educators' efforts to protect the planet's deteriorating environment, and to explore what destructive attitudes and actions that have led to environmental devastation have their counterparts in language education methods. The intended result is to heighten students' environmental awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and protective efforts through learner-centered instructional approaches, including learner-generated materials, cooperative learning, encouragement of creativity, integration of subject areas, and involvement with the community. The paper has three main sections. First, environment education is described and placed in the context of a global approach to education. Controversies in environmental protection are discussed briefly here. Second, the psychological and linguistics roots of a learner-centered approach to education are contrasted with those of a teacher-centered approach, and learner-centered classroom techniques are described. The third section contains environmental activities for second language learners using a learner-centered approach, including songs, data-based exercises, problems in decision-making, and making resolutions about protecting the environment. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, School Community Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (Singapore). Regional Language Centre.
Identifiers: Learner Centered Instruction