ERIC Number: ED187124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Contrastive Analysis and Its Pedagogic Implications.
Patnaik, B. N.
CIEFL Bulletin, n12 p15-28 1976
The pedagogical usefulness of contrastive analysis (CA) is examined and suggestions are offered on ways to use it in foreign language instruction, with particular reference to instruction in English as a Second Language in India. Some of the literature that maintains that CA is almost useless to language teachers is reviewed and answered. The particular points in the literature discussed are the following: (1) the importance of native language interference, (2) the extent to which a language can be broken down into "easy" and "difficult" parts, (3) the predictive power of CA, and (4) the failure of CA to provide the experienced language teacher with new and useful information. The suggestions offered as to how CA can be most profitably used in the language teaching situation deal with the preparation of remedial materials, supplementary exercises, and question papers based on CA. A distinction is made between linguistic and pedagogical grammars and it is suggested that research findings in CA be written in a form that can be easily understood by the teacher who will use it. (AMH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Inst. of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderbad (India).