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  • 1. Learning World Languages Through Discovery and Exploration
    Chris Livaccari
    Associate Director, Education and Chinese Language Initiatives
    clivaccari@asiasociety.org
  • 2. All learning is language learning
    Let’s Tell Our Language Stories
  • 3. Wittgenstein’s Lion
    “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
    “If a lion could speak, we could not understand what he/she was saying.”
  • 4. National Standards, ACTFL Standards, State Standards, Local Standards, Global Competence, 21st Century Skills…
    Where Do We Begin?????
    Perhaps not here!
  • 5. Noble Ancestors:
    Montessori and Rassias
    Maria Montessori: “The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”
    John Rassias:
    “Language is a living, kicking, growing, flitting, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect its vibrant and protean qualities.”
    Rassias on languages
  • 6. This is what happens if your language program is not situated in the proper context
    TheDaily Show
  • 7. Schools with Global Visions
    CSI High School for International Studies
    Herricks Middle School
    Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
  • 8. So how do we begin linking our world language programs with a larger vision for developing globally competent students?
    First Day of Chinese Class:
    Top Ten Images of China
  • 9. THIS IS CHINA
  • 10. THIS IS CHINA
  • 11. THIS IS CHINA
  • 12. THIS IS CHINA
  • 13. THIS IS CHINA
  • 14. THIS IS CHINESE
    I am your teaching robot.
    I only respond to the following commands in Chinese:
    UP – DOWN
    RIGHT – LEFT
    FORWARD – BACK
    Achieve every student’s dream: Get me out of the room using these commands!
  • 15. Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind”
    Design
    Symphony
    Story
    Play
    Empathy
    Meaning
  • 16. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    Using IMPROVISATION, INQUIRY , and INSIGHT
    • IMPROVISATION
    • 17. Using the target language with minimal English
    • 18. Creating authentic environments for language learning
    • 19. Deemphasizing straight memorization and recall
    • 20. INQUIRY
    • 21. “Student as Linguist”
    • 22. Project Based Learning
    • 23. INSIGHT
    • 24. Culture, Society, and Perspectives
    • 25. Reflection and Making Comparisons
  • THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    1: DESIGN
    Do Your Homework
    Design a Product
  • 26. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    2: SYMPHONY
    FOCUS!
    Put it all together
  • 27. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    3: PLAY
    Be Serious!
    Let Your Imagination Run Wild
  • 28. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    4: STORY
    Memorize the Grammar
    Student as Linguist
  • 29. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    5: EMPATHY
    Language Lessons
  • 30. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    6: MEANING
    Qipao
    The Gilliam Project
  • 31. THE SIX SENSES In and Beyond the Classroom
    Disputers of the DAO
  • 32. Wittgenstein’s Lion:
    Domesticated!
  • 33. Wittgenstein’s Lion:
    Domesticated!
    And, finally, a bit of fun…
    • Use target language and native language strategically
    • 34. Help students develop cognitive, academic, and professional skills necessary for success
    • 35. Motivate and challenge students to make meaning for themselves and with their classmates
    • 36. Make language class about much more than linguistic proficiency
    • 37. Think about culture beyond the minutiae of food and festivals
  • Visit us on the web at:
    www.AsiaSociety.org/Education