Title

Complementary Application of Classical Conditioning & Operant Conditioning in Teaching and learning Chinese as a Second Language in U.S---Taking GSU as an example

Subject Area

Foreign Language Pedagogy

Abstract

Ivan Pavlov's classical conditioning expounds on stimulus-response contiguity while B. F. Skinner's operant (instrumental) conditioning on contingencies between response and reinforcement. This presentation explores the complementary application of both conditionings in Chinese language teaching and learning in an American higher institution. The presentation will mainly focus on three parts: (1) the repetition of stimulus-response habits in challenging activities assist with strengthening of those habits; (2) enforcements of praise, desired activities, positive feedback were utilized, so as to facilitate the objectives attainment of language teaching and acquisition, (3) in a broader context, classical conditioning and operant (instrumental) conditioning were applied to achieve the educational objectives, of which involve academically and socially desirable behaviors. The presenter observes that in using these two conditionings in Chinese language teaching and acquisition, both teachers and students share sense of satisfaction and accomplishments during the process.

Brief Bio Note

Ru Li is a doctoral student majoring in Curriculum Studies at College of Education in Georgia Southern University and a Graduate Assistant of Zuotang Zhang at department of Foreign Languages to teach Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Zuotang Zhang, achieved his PhD in language, Literacy and Culture at Univeristy of Maryland of Baltimore County, has been teaching Chinese as a full-time instructor in Georgia Southern University since 2013.

Keywords

Classical conditioning, operant conditioning, stimulus, response, enforcement, language teaching and acquisition

Location

Room 217

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-24-2017 2:15 PM

Embargo

11-3-2016

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Complementary Application of Classical Conditioning & Operant Conditioning in Teaching and learning Chinese as a Second Language in U.S---Taking GSU as an example

Room 217

Ivan Pavlov's classical conditioning expounds on stimulus-response contiguity while B. F. Skinner's operant (instrumental) conditioning on contingencies between response and reinforcement. This presentation explores the complementary application of both conditionings in Chinese language teaching and learning in an American higher institution. The presentation will mainly focus on three parts: (1) the repetition of stimulus-response habits in challenging activities assist with strengthening of those habits; (2) enforcements of praise, desired activities, positive feedback were utilized, so as to facilitate the objectives attainment of language teaching and acquisition, (3) in a broader context, classical conditioning and operant (instrumental) conditioning were applied to achieve the educational objectives, of which involve academically and socially desirable behaviors. The presenter observes that in using these two conditionings in Chinese language teaching and acquisition, both teachers and students share sense of satisfaction and accomplishments during the process.