Strategies in foreign language learning

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Strategies in modern foreign language teaching

Les strategies dans l'enseignement des langues modernes

Possible breakdown for PHZH Phase 08

1. What types of strategies are there (eg. cognitive, metacognitive,...)

  • There are over two dozen classification systems - here's a good article from Oxford (1994) [1]
  • On Ilias, there is the list of specific strategies from Explorers.

2. How do we get preservice and inservice teachers to notice the strategies they use to learn an FL?

  • Jabberwocky exercise (on ILIAS)

3. How do we train preservice and inservice teachers to work on strategy building with their own elementary school students?

  • Go to the Annenberg Foundation webpages Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Workshop [2]. Watch Delivering the Message and note any useful strategies the students use and how the teachers give them tips. You can also watch excerpts from a Video Library of Classroom Practices to do the same. These are an all grade levels.

4. Are there any level specific strategies (things that lower-elementary kids are not ready for that upper-elementary and secondary students are)?

  • Well, children of different ages have access to different resources - the older the child, the more the resources (eg. more contact outside the classroom, ability to use the computer, eg. Older learners use a wider range of strategies. This is well documented, I have to scan in some articles.

5. Does language awareness play a role here? (eg. encouraging kids to think about what they know in another language helps them decode a text).

6. What’s the difference between language awareness and metalinguistic awareness? Does strategy building enhance these? Do they help kids become more open to a wider range of strategies?

7. There are different types of strategies for the teacher as well. Are there any specific ones for English language teachers?

  • Elicitation strategies
  • Classroom management strategies

Useful links

From Longwood College: [3]

From CARLA: [4]

From Missouri State: [5]

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