NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED416679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Constructing L2.
Kimball, Jack
Two elements of constructivist pedagogy warrant attention with respect to second language (L2) learning: collaborative dialogue and learner decision-making. These two elements in instruction bring about experiential and task oriented classrooms. The constructivist approach to the L2 classroom foregrounds conceptual development focused on meaningful content, using raw data and primary sources as well as abundant information encoded in different formats, and various materials that can be physically manipulated by students to expedite inquiry and hypothesizing. In an optimal situation, learners have abundant print and electronic texts, ample flexible opportunities to write, single-student and collaborative projects, fact-checking circles, individual review and fact summaries, oral readings of a range of text types authored by writers inside and outside the class, team debates, and peer revision of student writing. Content area material is frequently incorporated. Implementing L2 constructivist techniques creates a shift in teacher authority and conventional classroom interactions, and requires an openness to inquiry on the teacher's part. Contains 27 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A