ERIC Number: ED139242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Multi-Sensory Exercises: An Approach to Communicative Practice.
Kalivoda, Theodore B.
This paper discusses the problem of providing language practice for foreign language students that is meaningful and communicative as well as structured sufficiently to give practice toward functional command of basic grammatical components. A brief review of the communicative status of drills is presented, along with a technique designed to bring drill activity closer to communication. Although drills are characteristically mechanical in nature, they provide a means of gaining functional control of linguistic units which otherwise might not be acquired. Illustrative of this point are the repetition drill and the substitution drill, the former often done in pronunciation practice and the latter focusing on structural and lexical changes. Another drill, the Audio-Motor Unit, applies to any level of language while at the same time stimulating and maintaining student interest. Initially designed for developing listening comprehension and later extended to the teaching of culture, the Audio-Motor Unit involves a series of commands on a central theme which is presented orally and acted out by the teacher for students to listen to and observe. Students are later asked to join in the motor activity as they hear the commands. A sample drill is provided. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Education, Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Listening Comprehension, Pattern Drills (Language), Patterned Responses, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, Substitution Drills, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)