ERIC Number: ED238275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Personal Growth Through Student-Centered Activities.
Snyder, Barbara; DeSelms, Carolann
Although the social-emotional development of students is an important goal of schools, and foreign language education is generally intended to be a humanistic pursuit valuing the appreciation of others' cultures and the similarities and differences among people, these objectives are not always translated into classroom practice. The link between personal growth and cognitive achievement appears in much research, and practices and procedures exist to create the interactional conditions necessary for personal growth in the foreign language classroom. The classroom atmosphere promoting such growth is one in which the student is recognized as an individual and his contribution in the target language is valued. Several levels of planning are required: textbook activities, whole-class activities, and homework assignments can all be personalized to elicit meaningful student participation. In addition, activities promoting self-esteem and interpersonal acceptance can be used at both beginning and more advanced levels. These may include activities for forming one's own values, sharing ideas with others, and recognizing and respecting the values of others. The goals of education for personal growth are self-confidence, communication, and respect for others' ideas and values. (MSE)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Empathy, Individual Development, Lesson Plans, Peer Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Development, Values Clarification
Not available separately; see FL 014 137.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (15th, St. Louis, MO, 1983).