ERIC Number: ED180215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Desk. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 10.
Christensen, Clay Ben
The outer environment entails all the physical properties a person can perceive or sense from the exterior; the inner environment resides within the individual and may consist of two major properties: (1) one's degree of awareness and perceptual finesse; and (2) the affective domain. Because all of these factors influence learning, one part of goal-setting is the development of an appropriate environment. Pracitical experience demonstrates that classroom use of activities whose primary focus is the learners' affective domain enriches the environment and consequently fosters the foreign language teaching-learning experience. Ways to create a healthy, imaginative environment are discussed from the perspective of both teacher and learner. From the teacher's point of view, approaches and activities are suggested in relation to discipline, the humanistic movement, balancing form and freedom, attitude toward the use of space, flexibility, and problem solving. From the student's perspective, attention is given to student needs and interests, especially approaches such as the personal interview, that tend to nourish self-esteem. One teacher's self-report on how she achieves good rapport in her classroom concludes the discussion. (AMH)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Classroom Environment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Learning, Second Language Learning, Student Needs, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Influence, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; See FL 010 779
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.