ERIC Number: ED024941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Psycholinguistics: A New Look at How Children Learn the Structure of Their Language.
This paper discusses the growth of the field of psycholinguistics, what its practitioners have discovered concerning first language acquisition and the implications of these new theories and discoveries for the teaching of English. The author contends that in (English) language instruction, teachers have failed to consider what the child already knows about the structure of his language. "The most obvious avenue of expression that will reveal the linguistic competence of the child is his speech, and the language teacher at all levels must provide opportunities for the child to express himself orally to reveal that competence and improve his performance." (AMM)
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820.
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Note: An essay in "The Growing Edges of Secondary English: Essays by the Experienced Fellows at the University of Illinois 1966-1967," NCTE, 1968.