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)
Speakers: Marjorie Hall Haley, Robin Harvey, Frank Tang

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

  1. 1. Brain-Based Foreign Language Learning Robin Harvey New York University Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers April 24, 2010
  2. 2. 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!”
  3. 3. 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!
  4. 4. Engaging the Meaningful Brain <ul><li>What is the purpose of learning a language? </li></ul><ul><li>To know all the rules and never make a mistake To pronounce every tone perfectly </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To communicate and share your meaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To share what you are thinking with others and learn about them. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language is a TOOL we use to communicate ideas, meaning, feelings, and more. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. Engaging The Social Brain Cooperative Work Interviewing classmates, Creative Writing (skits, plays, songs) Language is the tool to enjoy an activity with friends.
  7. 7. Engaging The Social Brain Cooperative Work Interviewing classmates, Creative Writing (skits, plays, songs) Language is the tool to sell things (and to make jokes).
  8. 8. Language is the tool to tell a story.
  9. 9. The Meaningful Brain Seeks Patterns <ul><li>Find the similarities! </li></ul><ul><li>呢 </li></ul>妹 姐 妈 林 树 吧 听 呢 吗 梅 森 果
  10. 10. The Curious Brain <ul><li>Role-Play Activity: Who Am I? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guess the secret identity (you must speak as that person, describing something about your day) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Language is the tool to discover something about someone </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Curious Brain Language is the tool to solve a problem.
  12. 12. Chemistry through Dance <ul><li>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. &quot;I really put in an effort to understand the chemistry so I could make a good dance,&quot; he explained..” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sing a Song: Make your own video <ul><li>Learned the original song, vocabulary and “patterns” </li></ul><ul><li>Designed/drew pictures of our own dream houses </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote the lyrics </li></ul><ul><li>Scanned pictures and recorded voices to create powerpoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(could use voicethread or other programs as well) </li></ul></ul>Language is the tool to express ourselves!
  14. 14. 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

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