ERIC Number: ED339196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Multi-Sensory Exercises: An Approach to Communicative Practice. 1975-1979.
Kalivoda, Theodore B.
A reprint of a 1975 article on multi-sensory exercises for communicative second language learning is presented. The article begins by noting that the use of drills as a language learning and practice technique had been lost in the trend toward communicative language teaching, but that drills can provide a means of gaining functional control of linguistic units. Attempts to replace superficial drills with drills for communicative intent are outlined, and the Audio-Motor Unit, a strategy with a unique combination of elements, is described. The unit involves a series of commands on a central theme, presented orally and acted out by the teacher for students to listen to and observe. Later, students are asked to join the motor activity as commands are repeated, capitalizing on the combined learning effects of sound, sight, and physical movement. The commands can then be used as a basis for extensive oral pattern practice of new or review material. The method both is effective and holds student attention. It is also possible to extend its use by adding writing activities or other reinforcers such as touch, taste, and smell. Examples of classroom interactions are given in several languages. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In Fryer, T. Bruce and Medley, Frank W., Perspectives and Horizons. Dimensions: Languages '89. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p55-66. Reprinted from "Dimension: 1975."