R1 Brain-compatible Learning in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Harvey)
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Brain-compatible Learning in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (R1)

Brain-compatible Learning in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (R1)
Speakers: Marjorie Hall Haley, Robin Harvey, Frank Tang

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R1 Brain-compatible Learning in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Harvey) R1 Brain-compatible Learning in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Harvey) Presentation Transcript

  • Brain-Based Foreign Language Learning Robin Harvey New York University Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers April 24, 2010
  • Engage the Emotional Brain “ Why do I have to learn Chinese?” “ I have no choice, it’s the ONLY language offered here!” Vs. “ I LOVE CHINESE! We wrote skits and they were soooo funny! “ My Chinese teacher taught us the coolest song in class!”
  • Engage the Emotional Brain But that’s not REAL learning! Real learning entails suffering! But I didn’t learn that way! But the kids are so NOISY when I teach this!
  • Engaging the Meaningful Brain
    • What is the purpose of learning a language?
    • To know all the rules and never make a mistake To pronounce every tone perfectly
    • or
        • To communicate and share your meaning
        • To share what you are thinking with others and learn about them.
        • Language is a TOOL we use to communicate ideas, meaning, feelings, and more.
  • Sing the song (conjugating “To Be”): Sum es est sumus estis sunt eram eras erat eramus eratis erant ero eris erit erimus eritis erunt And Pray to the God of the North for a Snow Day! Latin was the most popular class in my high school Language is the tool to get a day off school!
  • Engaging The Social Brain Cooperative Work Interviewing classmates, Creative Writing (skits, plays, songs) Language is the tool to enjoy an activity with friends.
  • Engaging The Social Brain Cooperative Work Interviewing classmates, Creative Writing (skits, plays, songs) Language is the tool to sell things (and to make jokes).
  • Language is the tool to tell a story.
  • The Meaningful Brain Seeks Patterns
    • Find the similarities!
    妹 姐 妈 林 树 吧 听 呢 吗 梅 森 果
  • The Curious Brain
    • Role-Play Activity: Who Am I?
      • Guess the secret identity (you must speak as that person, describing something about your day)
    • Language is the tool to discover something about someone
  • The Curious Brain Language is the tool to solve a problem.
  • Chemistry through Dance
    • A failing student astounded everyone with his remarkable dance intelligence. He was able to repeat a complex twelve-count phrase after seeing it only once. "I really put in an effort to understand the chemistry so I could make a good dance," he explained..”
  • Sing a Song: Make your own video
    • Learned the original song, vocabulary and “patterns”
    • Designed/drew pictures of our own dream houses
    • Wrote the lyrics
    • Scanned pictures and recorded voices to create powerpoint
      • (could use voicethread or other programs as well)
    Language is the tool to express ourselves!
  • Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) Project DCLT New York University Frank Lixing Tang, Ph.D., Director Robin Harvey, Coordinator [email_address] (212)992-9367