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ERIC Number: EJ1103994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Using the Power of Language to Foster Community
Bixby, Christa
English Teaching Forum, v54 n2 p33-36 2016
The process of learning a second language requires vulnerability, and vulnerability demands trust. To put students into a language-learning environment where they are unsure of their abilities, do not know their classmates, and are getting a grade for their performance can lead to an atmosphere of hesitation and fear. It has been said that "words are the voice of the heart" (Confucius), and to ask students to allow others to see their inner thoughts and heart is a hefty request and one that should be approached delicately and with intentionality. This article describes a lesson on adjectives and discusses ways to promote a sense of community while reinforcing the ability of students to use adjectives authentically. This activity can be adapted for use with adults and children alike. An example list of adjectives is provided.
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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