Experiential Language Learning

The goal of an Experiential Language Learning approach is to provide learners with “concrete experiences through which they ‘discover’ language principles (even if subconsciously) by trial and error, by processing feedback, by building hypotheses about language, and by revising those assumptions in order to become fluent” (Brown 291). In other words, students learn languages by doing and making and performing things with it. Experiential learning is deeply rooted in the pragmatic educational philosophies of John Dewey (Hickcox 123), and is, according to Kim Hawtrey, “increasingly recognized as a vital ingredient in university contexts” (143).


“Teaching Tips | Experiential Learning Model.” YouTube, uploaded by HumberCTL, 23 Jan. 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDchcHORheM.


Brown, H. Douglas. Teaching by Principles. Pearson, 2007.

Hawtrey, Kim. “Using Experiential Learning Techniques.” The Journal of Economic Education, vol. 38, no. 2, 2007, pp. 143–152. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/30042762.

Hickcox, Leslie K. “Personalizing Teaching through Experiential Learning.” College Teaching, vol. 50, no. 4, 2002, pp. 123–128. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/27559107.