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コロナ禍の授業について―Part 10「授業の紹介」|英語英文学科 Robert Waring教授






今回はWaring 先生の授業紹介です。
 Part 10:My Class Language education.  英語学・言語学研究Ⅲ 
Robert Waring​​​ 教授

This class is focused on learning how a foreign language is learnt and how it differs from learning a second and a first language. We learn about various factors affecting the learning of a foreign language such as the students’ attitude to taking on challenges, intelligence, motivation, self-efficacy, and attitude to error.  We also cover how learning a foreign language is different from learning a first language as a child and how this development affects how a child will grow up as a bilingual. A related issue we discuss is the right age to start learning a foreign language. We then discuss how a child’s brain develops over time and how the brain develops specialization of brain functions in certain areas and how this is related to language acquisition, and overall cognitive development. Following this, we look at how the brain functions when processing language in relation to long term memory and the components of working memory.  We explore how these types of memory work and how they process language, how they create new memories in the brain and how they are stored in networks called schema. Schema are vitally important networks of interconnected information that allow us to process language quickly, and create language effortlessly while at the same time recording memories for future use. Finally, we look at how students should approach the study of a foreign language by balancing form-focused instruction, meaning focused input and output and fluency building and how an understanding of the brain and its functions helps students to become better learners whether they are learning a foreign language or some other skill.