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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Learn French! Applications of Fluency-Based Learning to Foreign Language Acquisition
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:15 AM–11:15 AM
Studio GHIJ; Niveau 2
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Daniel B. Sundberg, Ph.D.
DANIEL B. SUNDBERG (The Tandem Traveler), LISA M SICKMAN (The Tandem Traveler)
Description: Behavioral approaches to teaching and education have had tremendous impact on learning and language acquisition. The application of Skinner's analysis of Verbal behavior has advanced the way we teach new learners to communicate (Sundberg & Michael, 2001). Approaches such as direct instruction and precision teaching have helped to produce tremendous educational gains in both delayed and typically developing learners (Binder & Watkins, 1990). Yet there are very few examples of the application of this science to teaching typically developing adults to learn a foreign language (Dounavi, 2011). A skill that is growing in importance as the world becomes increasingly global. This workshop will present participants with an overview of a behavior analytic approach to language, learning, and instruction. Participants will use this knowledge to practice creating their own instructional sequence to train 20 French words of their choice, with guidance and feedback from the instructors. Participants will refine the instructional content based on real-time learner feedback. By the end of the workshop participants will have learned 20 useful phrases for the visit to Paris, and will have learned the basics of behavior-based methods to design effective language learning instruction.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) describe the core principles of fluency-based learning and precision teaching; (2) construct an instructional sequence using behavioral principles to teach foreign language; (3) speak and recognize 20 new words of French by the end of the workshop.
Activities: The workshop objectives will be achieved through lecture, guided practice, small group activities, group discussions, and fluency building exercises.
Audience: Behavior analysts visiting France who have no familiarity with the French language and want to learn some, and learn about instructional design and precision teaching.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Fluency, Language Acquisition, Precision Teaching, Verbal Behavior



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