ERIC Number: ED400717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Whole Language EFL with Style: Adapting Traditional Texts to Diverse Learning Styles and Intelligences.
Ghosn, Irma K.
It is proposed that the whole language approach to second language learning is compatible with the concepts of individual learning style and multiple intelligences, with all placing the learner at the center of instructional planning and delivery. Selected strategies are presented to raise teacher awareness of possible classroom techniques to accommodate students' learning style and intelligence preferences in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Focus is on relatively simple methods for adapting traditional textbook lessons. An activity sequence for a sample lesson is presented, specifying teacher behaviors and offering explanations. The sequence is for a text on environmental protection, and includes: a motivational experience; formulation and examination of facts; practice and personalization of the concepts; and application of the concepts to a new personal experience. It is noted that this approach gives students a more central role than is traditionally provided, and takes into consideration their interests and experiences, with frequent invitations to generate and discuss ideas. Appended materials include a portion of the sample text and several first drafts of student writing on the unit. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Adaptation of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 26-30, 1996).