ERIC Number: EJ1116455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Kinesthetic Language Learning: How an Accident Led to a Revelation
West, Travis; Nam, Roger S.; Benckhuysen, Amanda W.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v19 n4 p378-384 Oct 2016
This essay analyzes a critical incident that took place in a hybrid distance-learning Hebrew language class that was adapting interactive, immersion-style, kinesthetic pedagogy during the week-long face-to-face intensive portion of the class--including Total Physical Response techniques in which students respond to the language with whole-body actions, entering into the world created by the language and the particular biblical text. Memorization, performance, interactive games, songs, and skits also contribute to the immersion-style learning environment. A snafu on the final day of the week led to a serendipitous solution that demonstrated Parker Palmer's idea of subject centered pedagogy. A brief description and analysis of the critical incident is followed by two short responses.
Descriptors: Kinesthetic Methods, Second Language Learning, Distance Education, Kinesthetic Perception, Second Language Instruction, Semitic Languages, Biblical Literature, Immersion Programs
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