ERIC Number: ED086020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Variables in a Hierarchy of Difficulty.
Working Papers in Linguistics, v3 n4 p185-194 Apr 1971
This paper is an attempt to show what parameters come into play when dealing with the problem of difficulty in foreign language learning. After subjecting the hierarchy of difficulty set up by R.P. Stockwell and J.D. Bowen to a critical examination, the author discusses various parameters such as individual and national difficulties, the chronological factor and its effects on interstructural and intrastructural interference, and the type of learner concerned. He comes to the conclusion that the setting up of scales of difficulty requires the cooperation of linguists as well as of pedagogues, psychologists, and representatives of other disciplines. (Author)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Contrastive Linguistics, Curriculum Development, Error Patterns, Grammar, Instructional Materials, Interference (Language), Language Learning Levels, Language Skills, Language Tests, Learning Problems, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Phonetics, Phonology, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Sequential Learning, Student Motivation, Syntax
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: Paper presented at the Pacific Conference on Contrastive Linguistics and Language Universals (Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11-16, 1971)