Humanistic Education in Spanish Context. Its Value in the Secondary Classroom
AuthorsFonseca Mora, María Carmen; Díaz Pinto, E.
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/980
Universidad de Alcalá. Servicio de Publicaciones
Encuentro: revista de investigación e innovación en la clase de idiomas, 2003, n.13-14, p. 71-80. ISSN 1130-7021
In this paper, we report the fíndings of a coUaborative case study where an English teacher in the Spanish secondary school uses humanistic exercises to enhance motivation. Data coUection procedures such as audio-recorded lessons, language tests and motivation questionnaires were used leading to both quantitative and qualitative analyses. The results indicate the usefiílness of these humanistic activities as key elements in fostering the type of meaningfiíl contextual interaction that promotes high motivation and selectivo attention. They also generated a sense of community and the emergence of coUaborative relationships. Therefore, more oral contributions in the target language were observed as leamers exhibited interest in expressing their feeling and thoughts.