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Public Talk: Trends in Second and Foreign Language Teaching

Columbia Global Centers | East Asia

Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)

Beijing, China

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Trends in Second and Foreign Language Teaching

 

Speaker: Professor Zhaohong Han, Teachers College, Columbia University

Date /Time: July 17, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Abstract:

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the teaching and learning of a second or foreign language takes on unprecedented importance. Since almost every aspect of the human society depends on communication, and in this day and age, on cross-cultural communication, bilinguals or multilinguals are clearly the winners. However, from research as well as from experience, we know for a fact that learning an additional language beyond one’s first language is an extremely arduous process, often ending up short of success. Second or foreign language teaching, if done properly, may facilitate the process and improve the outcome, or otherwise, hinder it.

Second and foreign language teaching have, over the past fifteen years, witnessed several emerging shifts in conception and practice, consistent with an evolving understanding from relevant research of how learners - adult learners, in particular - learn a second or foreign language. Some of the major changes include (1) viewing teaching as a science and hence evidence-based rather than intuition- or experience-based; (2) adopting an analytic approach rather than a synthetic approach in planning and organizing teaching; (3) implementing a focus on form rather than a focus on forms in classroom interaction; (4) comprehensively fostering complexity, accuracy, fluency, and communicative adequacy of learner language rather than formal accuracy alone; (5) contextualizing rather than decontextualizing teaching; (6) using authentic input rather than modified input; (7) engaging learners in real world tasks rather than artificial metalinguistic exercises; (8) respecting students’ processing needs rather than imposing teaching on learning; (9) teachers primarily leading from behind rather than leading in the front; and (10) teachers assuming multiple, dynamic roles rather than a singular role in the classroom.

In this presentation, following a quick historical snapshot, the speaker will expound on the major changes. the speaker will also discuss challenges facing teachers who are accustomed to traditional ways of teaching that feature teacher-centeredness, grammar-centeredness, and textbook-centeredness.

 

Biography

Dr. ZhaoHong Han is Professor of Language and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she conducts research, teaches graduate courses, and directs the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program. Her research interests are broadly in second language learnability, second language teachability, and their interface.   Her work on fossilization, corrective feedback, second language thinking for speaking, second language reading and vocabulary development, second language reading instruction, and second language ab initio input processing has appeared in a variety of journals and books. Dr. Han is the recipient of the 2003 International TESOL Heinle and Heinle Distinguished Research Award, and a repeated recipient of the Teachers College, Columbia University Outstanding Teacher Award.


 

第二语言和外语教学的发展趋势

 

演讲者:韩照红,教授,哥伦比亚大学教师学院

日期/时间:2014717日,下午5:30-7:00

地点:哥伦比亚大学全球中心 | 东亚

地址:北京市海淀区中关村西区善缘街1号立方庭一层26

注册:http://cgcea-zhaohonghan-talk.eventbrite.com


随着全球互联的逐渐加强,第二语言或外语的教授和学习变得空前重要。鉴于人类社会几乎在每个方面都依赖于交流——对当今而言,可谓是依赖于“跨文化交流”——双语或多语人才将是毫无疑问的赢家。但是,相关经验和研究向我们表明学习一门不同于第一语言的其他语种是一个十分艰难的过程,并常以失败告终。如能以恰当的方式开展第二语言或外语的教学,我们或许可以促进这一学习过程并取得更好地成果,否则将容易适得其反。

在过去的15年中,伴随着从对学习者(尤其是成年学习者)学习第二语言和外语的相关研究中所获得的不断深化的认识,第二语言和外语的教学经历了数次理论和实践的发展。一些主要的转变包括有:(1)视教学为基于证据,而非基于直觉或经验的科学;(2)在计划和组织教学过程中采纳分析性,而非综合性的方法;(3)在课堂互动中聚焦于一种,而非多种形式;(4)全面提升学习者语言使用的复杂性、精确性、流畅性和交流的充分性,而非单纯提升其对于正式用语使用的精确性;(5)采用情境化,而非去情境化的教学;(6)使用原始性,而非修正性的输入;(7)使学习者参与并进入到真实的场景,而非模拟的、元语言的练习中;(8)尊重学生学习过程中的实际需求,而非将授课强加于学习之上;(9)教师主要从后方,而非前方领导教学进程;(10)教师在课堂上担当多元且动态的,而非单一的角色。

在本次讲座中,演讲人将对语言学习做一个快速的历史回顾,之后将详细阐述这些重要的转变。除此之外,演讲者还将讨论那些已经习惯于以教师、语法和教科书为中心的运用传统教学方式的教师们所面临的挑战。

 

韩照红博士是哥伦比亚大学教师学院的语言与教育学教授。她在哥伦比亚大学开展研究、教授研究生课程,并指导应用语言学和TESOL(对外英语教学)项目。她广泛的研究兴趣包括第二语言可学习性、可教性和它们之间的相关性。她的研究领域涉及语言石化现象、纠正性反馈、口语的第二语言思维、第二语言阅读能力和词汇的发展、第二语言阅读能力指导,以及第二语言初始输入过程等,出版过诸多杂志和书籍。韩博士是2003年国际对外英语教学海因勒与海因勒杰出研究成果奖(International TESOL Heinle and Heinle Distinguished Research Award)的获得者,并多次获得哥伦比亚大学教师学院杰出教师奖。


 

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Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, No. 26, 1 F, Core Plaza, No.1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian, Beijing, China 100080
1号 Shanyuan St
Beijing, Beijing 100871
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)


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