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ERIC Number: ED020513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Pages: 11
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THE CURRENT DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS.
DECAMP, DAVID
GENERATIVE THEORY NOW DOMINATES MACHINE TRANSLATION AND HAS BEGUN TO TAKE OVER THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN THE SCHOOLS, AS ONE PUBLISHER AFTER ANOTHER COMES OUT WITH A TRANSFORMATIONALLY-ORIENTED SERIES OF TEXTBOOK FOR HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH. THE AUTHOR FEELS, HOWEVER, THAT THE EFFECTS OF THIS THEORY ON LANGUAGE TEACHING HAVE BEEN NEGLIGIBLE AND THAT THE INNOVATIONS AND ADVANCES IN LANGUAGE TEACHING DURING THE PAST DECADE HAVE BEEN PEDAGOGICAL RATHER THAN LINGUISTIC. THE CONTENT OF THE TEACHING IS STILL THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS SHAPED BY THE LINGUISTIC THEORY OF THE 1930'S AND 40'S. THE FEW APPEALS TO LANGUAGE TEACHERS HAVE HAD LITTLE EFFECT ON THE PREPARATION OF TEACHING MATERIALS OR ON ACTUAL CLASSROOM PRACTICE. SEVERAL REASONS ARE SUGGESTED. (1) FEW OF THE GENERATIVE THEORETICIANS ARE ALSO LANGUAGE TEACHERS, AND ARE PREOCCUPIED WITH THEORY. (2) UNTIL NOW, THE GENERATIVE GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH HAS BEEN RELATIVELY INACCESSIBLE TO LANGUAGE TEACHERS. (3) IT HASN'T BEEN TRIED BY LANGUAGE TEACHERS SIMPLY OUT OF INERTIA. THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS VARIOUS TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING SYNTAX AND PHONOLOGY GENERATIVELY AND ENDS WITH A PLEA FOR GRADUATE SEMINARS IN THE PREPARATION OF GENERATIVELY-BASED TEACHING MATERIALS. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "TESOL QUARTERLY," VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, MARCH 1968, PUBLISHED BY TESOL, INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20007. (AMM)
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