講座題目：Effective language teaching in early language learning
講座時間：10:00-11:30am, Nov. 22nd, 2018 (Thursday)
講座地點：Room 707, Multifunctional Building, Beijing Language and Culture University
Children throughout the world are learning second and foreign languages in school from earlier ages than has been the practice in the past. Chinese students learning English have been found to be highly motivated to learn English in the early stages (Jiang, Zhang, Liang, Yuan, & Xie, 2017). This motivation tends to decline in later years as academic demands increase and students don’t feel that they are making as much progress as they would like (D?rnyei, & Ushioda, 2009).
This interactive lecture will draw on a synthesis of evidence from key research studies and reports to outline ten key principles of children’s language learning (Ellis, 2005; Harris & ó Duibhir, 2012; ó Duibhir & Cummins, 2012). Many of the principles try to approximate in the classroom, conditions that children experience both within and outside of school as they develop skills in their first language. Participants will be invited to share their opinions on the most effective ways to teach languages to young learners in the context of China and how contextual factors help or hinder this process.
主講人：Prof. Pádraig ó Duibhir
Prof. Pádraig ó Duibhir is Director of International Relations and Deputy Dean of the DCU Institute of Education. As a teacher educator and a former primary school principal he brings a wealth of practical knowledge and academic experience to these roles. His major research interests lie in second language acquisition and pedagogy, and he has published widely on teaching languages to young language learners. He is joint editor of the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education.His recently published monograph, Immersion Education: Lessons from a Minority Language Context, explored language fluency attainment in young learners in a language immersion programme. A focus of this work was the pedagogical and societal issues that impede or enhance learner fluency outcomes. Pádraig is a council member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. His tireless work in curriculum development over many decades has been instrumental in shaping language curricula in Ireland.
Prof Pádraig ó Duibhir