2017/07/06

7/21(金)のD.アトキンソン教授の講演会場が、第一会議室(教育学部管理棟2階)に変更になりました。

Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition などの著作でも有名なドワイト・アトキンソン教授の講演の会場が変更になりました。教育学部管理棟2階の第一会議室です。

アトキンソン教授は、第二言語教育を根源的に考えている稀有な研究者です。参加無料・申込み不要ですので、ぜひお越しください!






■ タイトル
Homo Pedagogicus : The Evolutionary Nature of Second Language Teaching

■ 講師
Professor Dwight Atkinson (the University of Arizona)

■ 日時
2017年7月21日(金) 13:10-14:20

■ 場所
広島大学教育学部管理棟2階第一会議室(教育学部玄関を入ってすぐ左の階段を上がってください)

■ 使用言語
英語(必要に応じてQ&Aの際に通訳をする場合もありますが、原則として講演の通訳はしません)。

■ 参加費・事前申込み
ありません。当日、会場に直接お越しください。

■ 講演内容
     Second language teacher educators tirelessly teach others how to teach. But how often do we actually define teaching? Without explicit, focused definitional activity on this fundamental concept in second language teaching (SLT), it remains implicit and intuitive--the opposite of clear, productive understanding.
     I therefore explore the definitional question, "What is teaching?" in this paper. First, I establish the claim that the SLT literature rarely defines teaching explicitly, in part because of its technical "how-to" focus, and that this is a problem. Second, I offer a heuristic definition of teaching as evolutionarily adaptive behavior--as existing in humans because it enables flexible adaptation to extremely varied and complex ecosocial circumstances. In contrast, animals have quite modest adaptive powers, so it may come as a surprise that teaching as evolutionarily adaptive behavior is not uniquely human. Therefore, third, I review research comparing animal and human teaching in order to help us understand the latter better. Fourth, I describe teaching as studied by anthropologists--as it varies across human groups. It turns out that formal teaching is relatively rare when viewed from an anthropological perspective, and relatively recent at that. Fifth and finally, I employ the results of this definitional exercise to examine, in an exploratory way, what happens in SLT classrooms.



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