Model for Teaching a Foreign Language Class Based on the Principles of Chaos/ Complexity Theory
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 2, Issue 3-1, June 2014, Pages: 32-41
Received: Apr. 28, 2014; Accepted: May 12, 2014; Published: Jun. 14, 2014
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Authors
Hanieh Davatgari Asl, Department of English Language Teaching, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran
Fahime Farjami, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran
Muhammad Makhdoumi, Department of English Language Teaching, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran
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Abstract
Chaos/complexity theory first appeared in studies of the natural sciences like physics and mathematics over 50 years ago. This up to date theory has been used in different fields to study complex systems, including social studies particularly the study of language and second language acquisition. Language learning in an instructional context is complex, chaotic, dynamic, open, nonlinear, self- organizing, adaptive, sensitive to initial conditions and creates fractals, strange attractors and feedback. In this study the present researcher has thought of applying chaos/complexity features into teaching second language class. The aim of this study is to familiarize English teachers with chaos/ complex theory and have a greater awareness of this up to date theory of pedagogy. At least forty theories of SLA have been proposed, but none of them gives a complete explanation of this complete process. Complexity theory takes into account all factors and may offer a sound language teaching model. In a training session, the researcher introduced the features of chaos/complexity theory in SLA to English teachers and also provided some practical educational implications to use into their teaching practice. Finally teachers’ feedback and attitudes were analyzed through content analysis and grounded theory to see whether their feedback and opinions are positive or negative. Chaos theory produces a multidimensional classroom that students and facilities interact. The language class context is exactly mirrored by 15 features, which emphasized the elements in natural system. And finally, students will learn how to learn, how to live pleasantly and will be empowered by English language.
Keywords
Chaos/Complexity Theory, Content Analysis, TEFL, SLA
To cite this article
Hanieh Davatgari Asl, Fahime Farjami, Muhammad Makhdoumi, Model for Teaching a Foreign Language Class Based on the Principles of Chaos/ Complexity Theory, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Special Issue: Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (Models and Beliefs). Vol. 2, No. 3-1, 2014, pp. 32-41. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2014020301.14
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