LING 350: Hands On at Science World!
Last Year, Dr. Henny Yeung received a $6000 Teaching and Learning Development grant for a project that investigates experiential learning in the undergraduate classroom. As part of the project, LING 350: First Language Acquisition included a unique assignment where students had to head out to science world and apply what they learned in class to a real life situation.
Dr. Henny Yeung has three objectives for this project (source):
- To see how engaging with parents and young children impacts students’ attitudes towards first language acquisition in a qualitative sense. How does speaking to parents and their children about language development shape students’ assumptions and knowledge about first language acquisition?
- To ask whether experiential learning affects students’ grasp of the materials, possibly by increasing their motivation for learning the materials, or by giving them hands-on experiences that reinforce concepts learned in class.
- To assess the feasibility of involving a community partner in undergraduate education, and what pitfalls and highlights exist in establishing such partnerships.
Two other SFU undergradutes (Sabrina Chin and Faith Yuen) working with a boy on a language activity examining how noun compounds are made.
Two SFU undergraduate students (Grace Gan and Yani Shang) working with a boy on an experiential learning activity about word learning.