Two Adolescent Brain-Based Teaching Strategies in the Foreign Language Classroom
While I was a student at a community college in San Antonio, Texas, I took an Arabic language course. The professor, a native speaker from Jordan, spoke both Jordanian and Egyptian dialects. The class was made up of approximately 15 very motivated students (mostly aged 18 to 25) with most of my classmates learning Arabic to communicate with family and friends or because they were in the military. From day one, our professor focused her lesson plans on teaching us how to writ
Areas of the Brain Activated When Learning Signed Languages
I found this week’s Schunk (2012) chapter to be absolutely fascinating! The readings made me curious as to whether the same regions of the brain used in spoken/audial language are also used in visual/tactile sign languages as this information would directly help me in teaching sign language courses. I learned that the left frontal regions of the brain are used for both spoken and signed language. Campbell, MacSweeney, & Waters (2008) warn that “it would be a mistake to believ
3 Domains of Learning in the Language Classroom: Affective, Cognitive, & Psychomotor [Infographic]
Sign language is a tactile language. Thus, it is quite natural for a sign language lesson plan to operate mainly in the psychomotor domain.
Language Learning: Cognitive Domain or Psychomotor Domain?
While language learning is often considered a mainly cognitive task, in many ways the psychomotor domain is a better fit for teaching visual