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Кажи и покажи: за ролята на жестовете в езиковото обучение
Say it and Show it: on the Role of Gestures in Language Education

Author(s): Ekaterina Sofronieva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Language and Literature Studies, Education, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Sociology, Preschool education, Vocational Education, Adult Education, History of Education, Educational Psychology, State/Government and Education, Social development, Social differentiation, Philology, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: gestures; language education; empathy; narrative format

Summary/Abstract: This article presents three interrelated studies on the use of gestures by children, university students and teachers who apply the Narrative Format model for second language acquisition in their practice. The model was created by Taeschner (2005).The results of the first research project, implemented in Bulgaria and abroad, verify that using gestures facilitates and supports children’s second language acquisition.The two studies which followed were conducted among university students in pedagogy from Sofia University and language teachers from various nursery schools. Results verify the relationship between gestures, used by teachers and their registered levels of empathic concerns. Gestures are viewed as part of the Teacher Behaviour Profile. The more empathic teachers are, the more frequently they use gestures in their interactions with the children. This has a direct impact on the learning achievements of the children. Furthermore, children taught by teachers with higher levels of empathy show better results in their language acquisition.

  • Issue Year: 90/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 522-534
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian