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On Viewing Learners as Spiritual Beings: Implications for Language Educators

Author: David Smith, Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College
Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages
Posted on: Jun 8, 2009

This article, first presented as a plenary address at the CELT 2007 conference at Seattle Pacific University, explores the implications of challenging reductive understandings of learners in language classrooms and working instead with a conception of the learner as a spiritual being. Some reasons why it has been difficult to frame a place for spirituality in accounts of the language learner are described, and an example is examined of an attempt to design a sequence of classroom learning in the light of a concern for studentsí spiritual growth.

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