Brown: Chapter 10 Questions
What is interaction?
The collaborative exchange of thoughts,
feelings, or ideas between 2 or more
people resulting in a reciprocal effect
on each other.
Why is interaction profitable in the language learning classroom?
Language is an interactive tool. People
who learn languages need to learn to use
the new language to interact with others.
By actual interaction, the students are
experiencing more real-life types of language
use and become more comfortable with
spontaneous speech and listening.
What types of teacher questions may discourage interactive learning?
• too much class time on display questions
• questions that insult students intelligence
• questions with complex language
• vague questions
• too many rhetorical questions
• random questions (not well-planned or logical)
Describe FLINT. What is it? What are some elements?
FLINT (Foreign Language Interaction)
• deals with feelings
• use student ideas
• repeats responses
• asks question
• gives information
• gives direction
• criticize responses and behavior
• correct without rejection
What are the interactive principles?
2. intrinsic motivation
3. strategic investment
4. risk taking
5. language-culture connection
7. communicative competence
What is the focus of automaticity?
meanings and messages, not grammar and
other linguistic forms
Discuss the five different roles a teacher may assume in an interactive classroom?
controller, director, manager,
facilitator, resource (p. 160-1)
Which teacher role is the most important for an interactive classroom? Explain.
Initiator. The teacher must start
interactive activities and overcome
the initial inertia.
How does a teacher facilitate learning?
1. less directive
2. makes learning easier for students by
helping them clear roadblocks, find
shortcuts, negotiate rough terrain
3. step away from the managerial or
4. principle of intrinsic motivation that
allows students to discover language
What are the most important teaching behaviors to create an interactive classroom?
1. questioning strategies
2. giving directions and organizational
3. reacting to students genuinely
(praise, recognition, etc.)
4. encouraging students to develop their
Describe how questioning strategies can benefit student interaction in the classroom.
1. questions provide stepping stones to
2. give students opportunity to produce
language without risk of initiating
3. spur interaction of students between
4. give teacher feedback to diagnose
linguistic or context difficulties
5. allow greater student self-discovery
How can FLINT model help teachers in developing interactive language teaching?
1. Taxonomy for observing other teachers.
2. Evaluate and improve own teaching.
3. Sets learning climate for interactive teaching.
Why is it important for teachers to develop proper and effective questioning strategies? (What functions do questioning strategies fulfill?)
1. Students will feel more comfortable if the
teacher initiates language with target language.
2. Teachers' questions may inspire students to
interact with each other.
3. Students' responses to teacher questions
will provide feedback, about student
4. Teacher questions help students
"self-discover" what they feel (how they feel)
about certain issues.
How do you get a very quiet class to talk? What if they weren't interact?
1. Separate into other classes - understand
why they're not talking.
2. Raising interesting topics - encourage
How can intrinsic motivation to learn a language be fostered in the classroom?
Intrinsic motivation can best be fostered by
giving students the opportunity to truly interact
in the new language and by helping them be
successful in using it.
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Dr. Lynn E. Henrichsen
Department of Linguistics
Brigham Young University
Last Updated: Saturday, January 24, 1998