I10 Classroom Management and Student Motivation in the Chinese Language Classroom (Wu)

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Classroom Management and Student Motivation in the Chinese Language Classroom (I10)
Speakers: Chris Livaccari, Wei-ling Wu

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  • 1. Classroom Management and Student Motivation in the Chinese Language Classroom Wei-ling Wu , Ph.D. National Chinese Language Conference Washington D.C. April 23, 2010
  • 2. Motivation is, without question, the most complex and challenging issue facing teachers today. (Scheidecker and Freeman 1999:116)
  • 3. Motivation is one of the key issues in language learning and skills to motivate learners are crucial for language teachers.
  • 4. There are no magic motivational buttons that can be pushed to “make” people want to learn, work hard, and act in a responsible manner. (Ford 1992:202). How do we motivate students? The motivating process is usually a long-term one, built “one grain of trust and caring at a time.” (Schei-Decker and Freeman 1999:126). Human behavior is complex, and there are many diverse ways of promoting it.
  • 5. 1. Binding the Students into “Social Units” Pair Groups partners / group members Motivational Tools Social Units
  • 6. In social psychology, the “group” is a social unit that exerts a powerful influence on its members’ behavior.
  • 7. 2 . Encouraging Inquiry in Learning Problems: Too difficult Not exciting How to design inquiry learning tasks and make them work?
  • 8. Spiral Inquiry Learning Assessment Activities Assessment S-Research T–Expand S–Present T-Teach T –Expand & teach more … S –Present & t each other Ss S –Research & expand learning T –Teach basic language items
  • 9. 4. Making Learning Fun
    • Use imagination
    • Use humor
    • Use uniqueness
    • Use competition
    • Use drama
    • Use stories
    • Much much more…
  • 10. 5 . Connect Learning with the Real World A Video clip
  • 11. 6. Being a Motivating Teacher Teacher skills in motivating learners should be seen as central to teaching effectiveness.
  • 12. What did my students say? When the class is fun and interactive, students want to participate more. When a teacher is enthusiastic and patient, everything is enjoyable for everyone. ---Isi Lesson Plans Teacher Behaviors Almost everything a teacher does in the classroom has a motivational influence on students.