ERIC Number: ED031107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Considerations in Setting Aims for Foreign Language Teaching.
The paper considers the results of theory and research in the psychological aspects of foreign language teaching as sources of guidance in making sound eucational decisions concerning the aims of language teaching at all levels. Major attention is given to the suggestion offered by research findings that language aptitude depends upon a somewhat different set of abilities (primarily differences in learning rate, from those articles required to master other subject matter. An explanation of the Modern Language Aptitude Test's ability to measure, predict, and identify such distinctive foreign language learning traits as (1) phonetic coding ability, (2) grammatical sensitivity, (3) rote learning ability for meanings of foreign language words and expressions, and (4) deductive learning ability, precedes a discussion of the Test's use for selection, guidance, and diagnosis. More briefly examined are how the factors of age, length of study, and motivation influence the learning of a foreign language. Concluding remarks concern the proper aims for language instruction and the teaching methods appropriate for achieving these goals. For related documents see FL 001 222 and FL 001 223. (AF)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Aptitude Tests, Decision Making, Deduction, Educational Objectives, Grammar, Language Ability, Language Instruction, Language Learning Levels, Language Tests, Learning, Learning Theories, Predictive Measurement, Psychological Characteristics, Rote Learning, Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Time Factors (Learning)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association Nationale Federee de Tchecoslovaquie.; Federation International des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes.
Identifiers: Modern Language Aptitude Test
Note: Lecture given before the Seminaire International sur la Differenciation Structural entre les buts de l'enseignement des langues sur les Divers Plans du Systeme Scolaire, Prague, Czechoslovakia, November 1-3, 1967