Second Language Teaching: A View from the Right Side of the Brain

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 2003 - Education - 172 pages

Second Language Teaching, A View from the Right Side of the Brain:

-offers a practical introduction to the use of neuroscience to teach second languages;
-provides information on the relation between how the brain learns and how this can be used to construct classroom activities;
-evaluates methods, syllabi, approaches, etc. from the perspective of brain functioning;
-illustrates how teaching can unfold with actual examples in several languages.

This volume is indispensable in courses designed for language teachers, curriculum planners, and applied linguists.

 

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Contents

The Second Language Teaching Dilemma
1
The SLT Dilemma
2
The Method Response
4
The Direct Method
6
The Reading and Oral Methods
8
The Audiolingual Method
9
The CognitiveCode Method
11
PostMethod Responses
12
Two Modal Principles
50
The Modal Focusing Principle
55
The Contextualization Principle
57
Cultural Contextualization
58
The Conceptualization Principle
61
Concrete Concepts
62
Abstract Concepts
63
Implications
64

Communicative Language Teaching
13
Humanistic and Neurolinguistic Methods
14
The Proficiency Movement
15
Some Issues
16
Universal Grammar Theory
17
The Critical Period Hypothesis
20
The Foray into the Neurosciences
22
Looking to Brain Research for Insights
24
The Brain
25
The Cerebrum and the Cerebellum
26
The Brain Stem
28
Neuronal Structure
29
Memory
31
Cerebral Dominance Theory
33
Complementary Hemisphericity Theory
34
Recent Trends
36
The Neurolinguistic Methods
37
Total Physical Response
40
The Natural Approach
41
Neurolinguistic Questions
42
The SLA NLA Hypothesis
43
The Role of the RH in SLA
44
UG Theory
45
Making Second Language Teaching BrainCompatible
48
Revamping Contrastive Analysis
68
Fine Tuning the Brain for Language Acquisition
72
Neuroscientific Research on Metaphor
77
Conceptual Metaphor Theory
78
Extending the Theory
86
Revisiting the SLT Dilemma
89
Conceptual Systems in Contact
91
A ConceptuallyBased CA
92
Practical Implications
97
Activating the Brain in the Classroom
102
Repertoire of Techniques
104
Structural Techniques
105
Visual Techniques
110
Ludic Techniques
111
Humor Techniques
115
RolePlaying Techniques
117
Organizational Issues
118
Integrating Linguistic Communicative and Conceptual Systems
125
Concluding Remarks
126
Glossary
127
Works Cited and General Bibliography
141
Index
169
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