ELL Seminar by Tetyana Smortova (19th March 2015) : Teaching as Embodied Activity: A Praxis-based approach to Language Instruction

ELL Seminar by Tetyana Smortova (19th March 2015) : Teaching as Embodied Activity: A Praxis-based approach to Language Instruction

Date
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

This presentation centers on the ways of bringing the praxis of embodied teaching into the language classroom and language teacher education. It discusses how language teachers can be prepared to integrate body movement with language as an effective pedagogical tool and at the same time to interpret student gesture from a diagnostic perspective in order to reshape teaching practices. The presentation draws upon the data from two studies. The first is an observational study of naturally occurring ESL classroom interactions captured on video. The analysis reveals that teacher and student gesture enhances the learning of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and narrative structure. It also indicates that learners frequently express their L2 understandings and their uptake of teacher recasts through gesture before they do so in speech. The second study involves a pedagogical intervention where MA TESOL practicum teachers are shown how to integrate body movement with speech as a pedagogical tool and at the same time read student gesture diagnostically. Preliminary results indicate that raising novice teachers’ awareness of instructional functions of gesture allows them to more effectively employ body movement in their teaching. The presentation discusses future directions for incorporating the praxis of embodied teaching in teacher education programs. 

Seminar Details

Date: 19th March 2015 (Thursday)

Time: 1300hr - 1400hr

Venue: ELL Journal Room (NIE3-03-162)

Seminar Abstract