ERIC Number: ED278219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Motivating the Language Learner through Real Communication. ACTFL Master Lecture Series.
Medley, Frank W.
A discussion of second language teaching techniques that appeal to adult students looks at general principles of motivation and how they may apply in specific classroom activities. Theories of motivation and human needs are examined, and the role of language in meeting communication needs is considered. Communication activities for developing language proficiency at various levels are also discussed. The activities include some that are level-specific and some that can be adapted to the level of the participants. The adapted communication activities include paraphrasing (summarizing) an oral presentation, asking questions about an overheard conversation, reading authentic texts for key information, reconstructing newscasts, role-playing real life situations, and interpreting for a mute monolingual English speaker. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Defense Language Inst., Monterey, CA. Foreign Language Center.