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Contextualizing Language

  1. 1. Contextualizing Language<br /> Shaping The Way We Teach <br /> Centro Colombo Americano 2009<br /> Fredy Alexander Duque<br />
  2. 2. Contextualizing Language<br />@ Contextualization is the meaningful use of language for real communicative purposes. <br />@ It helps students understand how language users construct language in a given context.<br />
  3. 3. The reasons for using contextualized language are that…<br /><ul><li>Language is constructed through a blend of purpose, situation, and social needs.
  4. 4. A contextualized approach to instruction also supports the use of integrated skills, and pair and group work.
  5. 5. And, it can foster a deeper level of use of the language, especially when the themes and topics are high-interest and motivate students. </li></li></ul><li>Contextualized Learning...<br />A plan for teaching content through relevant materials that will keep your Students coming back for more.<br />
  6. 6. Why do our students want to learn?<br /><ul><li>Access
  7. 7. Voice
  8. 8. Independent action
  9. 9. Bridge to the future</li></li></ul><li>Contextualized Learning...<br />A strategy that...<br />@ Actively involves the learners in the<br />Learning process.<br />@ Combine content and context.<br />@ Uses authentic materials.<br />
  10. 10. Contextualized Learning...<br />Learners learn more effectively when<br />they...<br /><ul><li>Search for meaning in their own learning </li></ul>process.<br /><ul><li>Use various types of real life resources </li></ul>to gather information.<br /><ul><li>Integrate new knowledge/skills into </li></ul>Already existing knowledge.<br /><ul><li>Combine content and context.
  11. 11. Learn to problem solve in common </li></ul>Situations in a new way. <br />
  12. 12. Characteristics of <br />contextualized Learning<br /><ul><li>Is application oriented.
  13. 13. Is learner centered.
  14. 14. Is time flexible.
  15. 15. Goals and purpose are explicit frome the </li></ul>Beginning of the instruction.<br />
  16. 16. Five principles of a contextualized <br />Lesson:<br /><ul><li>Purpose directs the lesson.
  17. 17. Real life problems take precedenced over </li></ul>Subject matter isolation.<br /><ul><li>Learners gain understanding through problem
  18. 18. solving.
  19. 19. Academic and life concerns are integrated</li></ul>into an applied lerning process.<br />
  20. 20. The four A’s of Contextualized <br />Language:<br /><ul><li>We learn mainly for:
  21. 21. Acquisition.
  22. 22. Application.
  23. 23. Assimilation.
  24. 24. Association.</li></li></ul><li>Benefits of Contextualized <br />Learning to the learner<br /><ul><li>The purpose of the learning is explicit.</li></ul>(How & Why is discussed)<br /><ul><li>Learners share prevous knowledge.</li></ul>(Learner is actively learning)<br /><ul><li>Learner applies learning to his role as </li></ul>Father, son in the community<br />(learning impacts real life).<br /><ul><li>Leaners solve problems </li></ul>(Learner uses his skills outside the classroom)<br /><ul><li>Learner is responsible for his learning.</li></ul>(Self awareness is built)<br />
  25. 25. Benefits of Contextualized <br />Learning to the tutor<br /><ul><li>Knowledge retention is increased.
  26. 26. Student motivation increases.
  27. 27. Tutor guides the learning process.
  28. 28. Learning is a team effort between tutor and learner, student’s persistance is encouraged responsible for his learning.
  29. 29. Learning is not controlled by the tutor.</li></li></ul><li>Materials for Contextualized <br />Language. <br />Target student’s needs<br /><ul><li>Transportation.
  30. 30. Housing
  31. 31. Food
  32. 32. Shopping.
  33. 33. Job
  34. 34. Community.
  35. 35. Personal
  36. 36. Other </li></ul>Locate materials to meet student’s needs<br /><ul><li>Maps, bus schedules
  37. 37. Receipt, coupons, ads.
  38. 38. Menus, Pictures, receipts.
  39. 39. Shopping bags, items.</li>