Instructional proxemics and its impact on classroom teaching and learning / Cecilia Cheong Yin Mei, Heng Buai Chin and Fauziah Taib

Cheong Yin Mei, Cecilia and Buai Chin, Heng and Taib, Fauziah (2017) Instructional proxemics and its impact on classroom teaching and learning / Cecilia Cheong Yin Mei, Heng Buai Chin and Fauziah Taib. International Journal of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics (IJMAL), 1 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 2600-7266

Abstract

Instructional proxemics refers to the use of space and spatial design in the instructional environment. This study aims at investigating the ways Chinese as Second Language (CSL) teachers use classroom physical space, body movement and positioning to convey interpersonal and pedagogical messages, and examine how such messages impact on classroom teaching and learning. Lessons conducted by four CSL teachers from the Selangor state were observed. Interview data gathered from both teachers and students were used to elicit information about teaching practices related to proxemics. Martinec’s (2001) Engagement System was used to analyse the proxemics data. The present research findings indicate that the patterns of teachers’ instructional proxemics in class are shaped by the existing classroom layout, students’ seating arrangement, and the instructional activity of the day. The student-interview data also showed that students enjoyed having close interaction with their teachers. Therefore, teachers should vary their instructional activities and move around the class while teaching to ensure they have close social relations with their students. The findings also show that the sense of closeness between teacher and students enhance student learning.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
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Cheong Yin Mei, Cecilia
ceciliac@um.edu.my
Buai Chin, Heng
heng635@salam.uitm.edu.my
Taib, Fauziah
fauziaht@gmail.com
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Blended learning. Computer assisted instruction. Programmed instruction
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Learning. Learning strategies
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Academy of Language Studies
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics (IJMAL)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > International Journal of Modern Language and Applied Linguistics (IJMAL)
ISSN: 2600-7266
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 69-85
Keywords: Proxemics, instructional proxemics, teacher immediacy
Date: August 2017
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/43303
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