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Ashby, Wendy – Applied Language Learning, 2012
This article presents a case for adopting a constructivist approach in the teaching of culture to federal, business and civilian personnel. In support of this argument, the author: (1) outlines the history of culture teaching as it progresses from behaviorist through cognitive to constructivist orientations; (2) argues that a constructivist…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Models, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods
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Stoller, Fredricka L.; And Others – Applied Language Learning, 1995
Examines the value of conversation partner programs that pair up second language students and native speakers for out-of-class conversation. Findings reveal the activities conversation partners engage in, the perceived advantages of the experience for nonnative and native participants, and the problems encountered. Results can be used to guide…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Interaction Process Analysis, Native Speakers
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Mora, Raimundo – Applied Language Learning, 1995
Discusses characteristics of a teacher language that give students opportunities to articulate ideas in an academic discourse as well as factors precluding such opportunities. The article illustrates types of teacher silence that can create opportunities for student participation and how matching the subject with student culture can affect…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, College Students