But how?That is the question.We are constantly strivingto make our classes more appealing and motivating.
Now we know thatNow we know that ourour brain is plastic,brain is plastic, it continuously remodels itself, (theseit continuously remodels itself, (thesebiological changes are the result of outside experience) -biological changes are the result of outside experience) -which means we arewhich means we are NOTNOT stuck with the brain we werestuck with the brain we wereborn with;born with; certain intellectual functions are restricted to onecertain intellectual functions are restricted to onecerebral hemisphere;cerebral hemisphere; emotion is a primary catalystemotion is a primary catalyst in the learning process;in the learning process; memorymemory is not stored in a single location in the brain oris not stored in a single location in the brain orstatic or unitary;static or unitary; there arethere are multiple intelligencesmultiple intelligences, different, different learning styleslearning stylesandand emotional intelligenceemotional intelligence..It is obvious that we cannot continue using the sameIt is obvious that we cannot continue using the samemethods as those of our ancestors´ believing that all ourmethods as those of our ancestors´ believing that all ourstudents learn the same way.students learn the same way.
The ChallengeThe Challenge To create new resources which accelerateTo create new resources which acceleratethe acquisition of the language making thethe acquisition of the language making themost of each student´s abilities andmost of each student´s abilities andstrengths.strengths.
The use of games and movies in classThe use of games and movies in class widens the scope of resources in an infinite way;widens the scope of resources in an infinite way; promotes the use of both cerebral hemispheres;promotes the use of both cerebral hemispheres; enhances memory by providing more ways ofenhances memory by providing more ways ofrepresenting information in the brain to helprepresenting information in the brain to helpreconstructing it later;reconstructing it later; develops different intelligences and self-esteem;develops different intelligences and self-esteem; provides practice for the four language skills;provides practice for the four language skills; creates a highly motivating, secure andcreates a highly motivating, secure andentertaining atmosphere which generates theentertaining atmosphere which generates thedesire to learn through positive competition.desire to learn through positive competition.
Learning is generally accepted as theLearning is generally accepted as theacquiring of knowledge or skill.acquiring of knowledge or skill.But lets not forget that this occurs as aBut lets not forget that this occurs as aresult of experience.result of experience.What is learning?
Dr. Gwen B. Moore´s definition:Dr. Gwen B. Moore´s definition:““Learning is improving mentally, physically,Learning is improving mentally, physically,emotionally, academically,emotionally, academically, spiritually andspiritually andsocially. It is gaining understanding andsocially. It is gaining understanding andknowledge plus the mental action thatknowledge plus the mental action thatinvolves thinking, seeing, hearing, tasting,involves thinking, seeing, hearing, tasting,smelling, touching and feeling. It is thesmelling, touching and feeling. It is theprocess of awakening! Learning is seekingprocess of awakening! Learning is seekingand acquiring inward change that isand acquiring inward change that isdemonstrated outwardly. Learning is thedemonstrated outwardly. Learning is thewillingness to consider various alternativeswillingness to consider various alternativesbefore conceptualizing ideas…the opennessbefore conceptualizing ideas…the opennessof the mind.”of the mind.”
GAMES &GAMES &MOVIESMOVIESCOME TOCOME TOSTUDENTS´STUDENTS´RESCUERESCUE
How do you feel when you have to plana class includinggames or a movie session?Do you doubt aboutrunning the risk? Do feel like runningaway?Do you think it is notfor you?Do you feel like undera panic attack?Do you accept the challenge?
Let´s watch movies and play!Let´s watch movies and play!