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ERIC Number: ED466103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Managing the Learning Environment for Second Language Learning.
Diamantidis, Agathangelos
This study examines how administrators can help second language (SL) teachers create learning environments that promote SL learning and motivate students to learn; how the structure of the educational organization and relationship between SL teachers and colleagues affect program quality; how SL teachers can effectively manage learners' needs and use of available resources; and strategies to promote efficient and successful allocation and use of available resources. Data from a literature review and interviews with SL teachers from schools and community-based organizations indicate that individuals acquire second languages best in relaxed, stress-free learning environments, where they are not forced to speak the target language immediately and are challenged but never frustrated. SL teachers must possess all the qualities of good teachers, be proficient in the target language, use varied teaching methods, maximize exposure to the target language, and receive ongoing professional development. Second languages must be regarded as a mainstream subject. Small classes are beneficial in teaching and learning SLs for communication purposes. Evaluation of SL programs must be considered integral to the program. Homework, more teacher-student contact time, and networking of teachers and institutions are vital in the process of teaching and learning SLs. (Contains 78 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia