Teching through feelingsIt's important to use feelings in class, specially when teaching a language. For some reason we remember things easily when feelings are involved. In class we have to be...

Teching through feelings

It's important to use feelings in class, specially when teaching a language. For some reason we remember things easily when feelings are involved. In class we have to be very careful, but try the 'teaching through feelings thing' Specially with small kids... If students are able to have feelings while acquiring new language there is a high probability that it will be more memorable.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would say this is true for learning anything...not just language.  The more hands-on and fun we can make it, the more any learning "sticks".

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Affect and its powerful emotional binding force is found in Krashen's Second Language Acquisition theory, in Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theories of motivation, and in Bandura's Social Learning theory (among many more, but those are the ones I am using for my dissertation).

The importance of teaching while taking emotions into consideration is cross curricular. I also add to this the fact that emotions produce affect, and that a low-affective filter enables learning. Not to mention that, if we take advantage of a low affective filter and a highly affective connection, we can produce sustained affective stimuli in the form of activities and tasks that can be both easy and complex, and they can both produce the same positive results.

My own investigation tries to identify how the use of computers as a sustained affective stimulus can be used as a conduit to teach second language through immersion (in this case, Spanish).

Anyway, they say when you have writer's block the only way to go is by writing more, so thanks for this stimulating and affective thread!  :)

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Teching through feelings

It's important to use feelings in class, specially when teaching a language. For some reason we remember things easily when feelings are involved. In class we have to be very careful, but try the 'teaching through feelings thing' Specially with small kids... If students are able to have feelings while acquiring new language there is a high probability that it will be more memorable.

Hi - your points are very valid. There is some great research going on the UK (myself included!) that is looking at 'Emotional Intelligent Approaches to Teaching and Learning'. I have just been awarded an MA in Education for research into this topic. One of my findings was that when teachers/lecturers are recruited they have to provide evidence of subject knowledge and also pedagogic skills to get their positions. What is missing is any idea of how the new recruits can perform in terms of EI/EQ and as you quite rightly say, this is perhaps the most important aspect of teaching and learning. If you get the emotional relationship right and create the right physical environment, then teaching becomes so much easier.

Take a look at a book by Alan Mortiboys titled 'Teaching with Emotional Intelligence' published by Routledge (ISBN 0415350883)

I would welcome your views

Best wishes

Tony 

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