BOYS & LANGUAGES
  Teaching Boys How To
Embrace Language Learning
 through Global Thinking

   http://www.youtube.com/watc...
GOALS
   Where do boys go after Secondary
    School?
   Why is it that language teaching
    attracts the female school...
Where does decision-making
           take place?
   Home: food, clothes, behaviour, TV,
    computer
   Leisure: sport,...
What influences Boys’ choices?

   Intrinsic motivation: learning preferences;
    personality; physical attributes; what...
RELATIONSHIPS
   Relationships are the fundamental
    key to success
   The single most influential factor in
    the s...
An old saying:


I don’t care how much you know until
 I know how much you care.
Boys:
   like jargon or code
   are bored easily
   need more physical space
   use movement to stimulate the brain
 ...
Get Boys Thinking Globally
   Move beyond the here and now
   Get them thinking about what comes
    next
Get Boys Thinking Globally
   Students who are in Junior School
    now will be working in jobs that do
    not yet exist...
What about girls????

   Strategies used to engage boys can
    work equally well for girls.



http://www.youtube.com/wa...
MAKING LANGUAGES
    RELEVENT TO THEIR FUTURE

   http://www.vistawide.com/careers/langu

   http://www.maynereport.com/...
Useful Links
 Michael Gurian: Gurian Institute
http://www.gurianinstitute.com/
 Visual thinking:

http://www.pz.harvard....
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  1. 1. BOYS & LANGUAGES Teaching Boys How To Embrace Language Learning through Global Thinking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKaUL2mtAqA
  2. 2. GOALS  Where do boys go after Secondary School?  Why is it that language teaching attracts the female school leaver?  How can language teachers encourage and promote languages for boys?
  3. 3. Where does decision-making take place?  Home: food, clothes, behaviour, TV, computer  Leisure: sport, weekends, holidays, parties  School: subjects, friendship (mates), relationships (girls), part- time work  Future: work, travel, study, marry, home, family
  4. 4. What influences Boys’ choices?  Intrinsic motivation: learning preferences; personality; physical attributes; what makes me feel good (5 senses?); desires; limitations  Extrinsic motivation: expectations family and friends; siblings (how many); economic; time; rules and regulations (family, school, community)
  5. 5. RELATIONSHIPS  Relationships are the fundamental key to success  The single most influential factor in the success of a boy is his relationship with his teacher. (Michael Gruin)  Young men are looking for guidance and role models
  6. 6. An old saying: I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care.
  7. 7. Boys:  like jargon or code  are bored easily  need more physical space  use movement to stimulate the brain  deal with symbolism  have low serotonin (irritability,impulsivity,aggression)  learn better by doing  are more likely to take risks  have less oxytocin (empathy)  take hours to process emotively  don’t seek help  speak 7,000 words for every 20,000 female words
  8. 8. Get Boys Thinking Globally  Move beyond the here and now  Get them thinking about what comes next
  9. 9. Get Boys Thinking Globally  Students who are in Junior School now will be working in jobs that do not yet exist and with technologies that have not yet been invented.  These students’ lives will be global. Our challenge is to open their minds to the importance of languages in their future.  How do we accomplish this?
  10. 10. What about girls????  Strategies used to engage boys can work equally well for girls. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcT8dS- OwPI&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCD57wVjFMM
  11. 11. MAKING LANGUAGES RELEVENT TO THEIR FUTURE  http://www.vistawide.com/careers/langu  http://www.maynereport.com/articles/2
  12. 12. Useful Links  Michael Gurian: Gurian Institute http://www.gurianinstitute.com/  Visual thinking: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/  Win Win Discipline: www.langfordlearning.com  British Education (BECTA) http://www.becta.org.uk/

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