Ray Elvin Hont(M.A., Temple University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, VA.
Walk Your Students to Verb Competence: A Model for Reality-Based Learning
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1993 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 83–86, March 1993
How to Cite
Host, R. E. (1993), Walk Your Students to Verb Competence: A Model for Reality-Based Learning. Foreign Language Annals, 26: 83–86. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1993.tb01155.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT As James Asher has ably demonstrated in Total Physical Response, physical involvement enhances language learning. Walking/not walking and the third-person/firsr-person contrast provide a ready model for involving students in learning verbs, in several tenses, while they create the meaning of the words they are learning. Classroom demonstration of walks, was walking, and walked not only offers active learning for a Few students; well-planned questioning and choral responses involve the entire class in meaningful oral use of new verb forms, with the demonstration serving as a visual aid for all.
Further, the demonstration-based question-answer sequence developed for conjugating Spanish caminar (to walk) may readily be applied to a wide variety of verb concepts which students can grasp quickly through classroom performance, in any language.