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ERIC Number: ED013038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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THE PREDICTABILITY OF LANGUAGE LEARNING RESULTS.
ROEMING, ROBERT F.
IF LANGUAGE CAN BE CONSIDERED AS ONE FORM AMONG SEVERAL BY MEANS OF WHICH MEANING CAN BE CONCEIVED AND TRANSFERRED, THEN IT FOLLOWS THAT LANGUAGE TEACHING SHOULD LEAD ABOVE ALL TO THE FACILE TRANSFER OF MEANING. ACCEPTANCE OF THIS CONCEPT WILL INFLUENCE THE CHOICE OF METHODS AND MATERIALS BEST SUITED TO YIELD THIS RESULT. THE TEACHER'S PURPOSE IS TO AID THE LEARNER TO EFFECT CHANGES IN HIMSELF BY DEMONSTRATING WHAT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO DO, ACHIEVE, OR BECOME BY LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE. LEARNING ACTIVITIES MUST BE LINKED TO GOALS THAT ARE STUDENT-CENTERED RATHER THAN TEACHER-ORIENTED. "SCIENTIFIC" APTITUDE TESTS, BASED NOT ON LANGUAGE BUT ON LINGUISTICS, CANNOT BE CONSIDERED TOO SERIOUSLY IN PREDICTING A STUDENT'S SUCCESS IN SECOND-LANGUAGE LEARNING. A STUDENT WHO ATTACHES VERY LIMITED MEANING TO WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS WHICH DESCRIBE HIS PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT OR ABSTRACT CONCEPTS IN HIS NATIVE LANGUAGE IS NOT LIKELY TO PROMISE SUCCESS AT SECOND-LANGUAGE LEARNING ON THE BASIS OF A TEST. IN ORDER FOR A STUDENT TO GAIN A PROFICIENCY COMMENSURATE WITH HIS INTELLECTUAL ABILITY, NOT ONLY MUST HE POSSESS THE WILL TO UNDERGO CHANGE, BUT ALSO HIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE MUST BE GEARED TO HIS OWN LEVEL, AND IT MUST BE PATTERNED, EVALUATED, AND INTEGRATED WITH HIS PERSONAL-SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT. THIS PAPER WAS DELIVERED AT THE INTERAMERICAN CONGRESS OF LINGUISTICS, PHILOLOGY, AND LANGUAGE TEACHING, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY, JANUARY 4-13, 1966. THE ARTICLE APPEARED IN "CONTACT," NUMBER 9, DECEMBER 1966, PAGES 2-11. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Federation International des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes.
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