ERIC Number: ED222063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Creative Student-Centered Communication: Activities for the Foreign- and Second-Language Classrooms.
Snyder, Barbara; DeSelms, Carolann
Second language learning in small groups with creative student-centered activities is discussed. A rationale for teaching for communication is offered, along with classroom management procedures that encourage communication in the target language and some communication activities that have been successfully implemented in the classroom. Three assumptions about language learning and language function are presented: language is a personal tool for expressing one's thoughts, communication entails intrapersonal as well as interpersonal exchange, and linguistic and communicative skills may be learned concurrently. It is suggested that: (1) a small-group model promotes creative communication and greater interaction time for students than does the whole-classroom model, (2) students need meaningful situations that closely resemble normal conversational settings, and (3) the usual classroom model does not offer realistic communicative opportunities. At the university level, groups of five to eight may function effectively; but at the secondary level a group size of two to four is usually most effective. Three communication plans and the seating for small groups are outlined, and classroom activities are suggested that encourage student self-expression in selecting language for specific communicative situations. The activities are grouped into three categories: giving information, getting information from others, and extending and imagining. Thirty-two activities are briefly described in total. (SW)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, Dialogs (Language), Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Language Fluency, Second Language Instruction, Self Expression, Small Group Instruction, Speech Communication, Student Centered Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see FL 013 228.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Louisville, KY, April 22-24, 1982). In: ESL and the Foreign Language Teacher.