Publication Date

2001

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman

Abstract

Our task as educators is to fit our teaching methods to our learners. Middle school students have specific characteristics that can seem to interfere with learning. Among these characteristics are a bounty of energy and restlessness. The key for the teacher is to channel this energy into learning activities.

To understand a class and develop a teaching strategy for that class, the teacher should analyze the learning styles of the students. From the results of this analysis, the teacher can build effective lesson plans which match the trends that appear in the class.

With this data in hand, the teacher can also experiment and record which activities work best with his or her student population.

This classroom-based research project will describe a variety of activities used in the learning of foreign languages.

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Psychology | First and Second Language Acquisition | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching