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ERIC Number: ED462868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 31
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Impact of the Use of Bulgarian Mini-Lessons in a SLA Course on Teachers' Beliefs.
Angelova, Maria
This study examined the use of mini-lessons in a less common language as a pedagogical tool to demonstrate different language learning theories, concepts, and methods, thus increasing students' knowledge base and changing their beliefs about language learning. The study involved students from a Master's Degree TESOL program enrolled in a course on second language learning pedagogy. Students had no theoretical background in second language acquisition (SLA) when they enrolled. Ten mini-lessons in Bulgarian, the instructor's native language, were taught during the semester to demonstrate different concepts in SLA and methods of English language teaching. Data collection involved student journals; classroom discussions; focus group discussions; and a pre/post survey that examined changes in students' knowledge base and beliefs and how they believed the mini-lessons helped them understand concepts and processes. Results indicated that the Bulgarian mini-lessons provided teacher trainees with a springboard to explore different aspects of the SLA process and thus improve both content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. The language experience proved valuable as both a cognitive and an affective exercise and as a pedagogical tool. Changes in students' beliefs about the process of SLA were noted. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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