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Friday, May 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Teaching and Learning Language Beyond the Classroom

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Experiential Learning Theory describes learning as a process that involves transactions between the person and the wider, “real-world” environment in contrast to the traditional, “limited by books, teacher and classroom environment” (Kolb, 1984). Such an active involvement in authentic language experiences is crucial for language development. Thus, moving language instruction beyond the classroom becomes a significant educational tactic for language instructors.

In the experiential learning environment, students take on the “new role” of a “language ‘user’ outside the classroom,” compared to their common role of a language ‘learner’ in the classroom (Springer & Collins, 2008). Such a participation, the first phase of Kolb’s experiential cycle, then leads to the next two phases: reflection and meaningful application of the learned language skills.

Based on recent research and data collected in an English for Academic Purposes classroom, this presentation will discuss cognitive and sociocultural aspects of task-based language teaching and learning and will explore how incorporating on-campus events and activities into the formal ESL instruction can create a new “real-world” learning environment for second language learners and help them expand their language skills.

Of Interest to: Post-secondary education, Instructional designers

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Susanna Fawkes

ESL instructor, Thompson Rivers University
InstructorEnglish as a Second LanguageThompson Rivers University

Friday May 16, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Campus Activity Centre, TRUSU Boardroom 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 0C8