ERIC Number: ED039220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Applying Linguistics in Mother Tongue Teaching.
O'Donnell, W. R.; Fraser, Hugh
Teaching English, CITE Newsletter, v3 n1 p18-20 Oct 1969 and n2 p14-16 Jan 1970
A distinction should be made between linguistics as a science and applied linguistics as a technology, the latter being of great potential for language classroom problem solving, the former to be saved for later, more mature study. The English teacher's main concern in language study is to impart to students the effective use of language (i.e., speaking, "auding," reading, and writing). Improving language performance in writing may be seen in terms of three processes: instruction, including demonstration; exercise; and realistic practice. The third process is crucial for maintaining, in both student and teacher, the awareness that skill in sentence construction--not an end in itself--is relevant only when its application points beyond the language lesson. Although linguistics has little direct application to literature study, the teacher can perhaps employ knowledge of language in order to develop and refine the effect of a piece of literature on his students. In general, educators should concentrate on language in relation to other aspects of human behavior and should, even in teacher education, avoid the teaching of massive linguistic theory just because it's there. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on the Teaching of English, Edinburgh (Scotland).
Note: Based on a talk by W. R. O'Donnell to the B.A.A.L. Conference in Edinburgh, 1968