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Dr. Thomas ROBB
Kyoto Sangyo University (Emeritus) (Kyoto, Japan)
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Presentation title
The relevance on Nation's "Four Strands Model" to online teaching
Presentation abstract
Dr. Paul Nation, of the University of Victoria at Wellington has proposed a model for language instruction called the "Four Strands". He proposes that for any aspect of language learning, be it reading, writing, listening or speaking, 4 kinds of foci are needed, 1) "Meaning focused input", 2) "Meaning focused output", 3) "Fluency Practice" and 4) "Language Focused Learning". He asserts that each skill that is to be learnt should include 25% of each kind of activity. The problem is that in in-class learning, and most likely on-line learning as well, the "Language Focused Learning" aspect comprises most of the activities that teachers require of students. This is traditional "study" while the other three strands comprise practice. In other words, we are feeding them knowledge but providing them with few opportunities to practice what they are studying. This workshop will examine some common technology-based activities that the teacher might assign for each skill and how they might work as a practice activity rather than one that is purely for language-focused learning.
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active learning, four strands, practice,
Application of technology to the language classroom
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Thomas Robb
Submitted: Monday, 6 September 2021, 3:09 PM [JST]
Modified: Monday, 6 December 2021, 4:05 PM [JST]
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