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Learning World Languages

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