ERIC Number: ED206181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Concept of Core Language and the Notional-Rhetorical Approach to Second Language Teaching.
International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, v10 n1 p132-39 Jan 1981
This paper focuses on the mechanism by which the successful learner acquires a second language. The author postulates a core language, the common core of the speaker's native and target languages, and states that the second language becomes an extension of this common core. Whatever language-specific features are added while acquiring the second language are extensions of the common system underlying the two systems. In successful second language learners, latent language structure is linked with latent psychological structure, whereas in the ordinary learner there is a separation between these two structures. The successful language learner achieves a prelinguistic identification that results in successful communication in two codes. The language learner, in seeking genetic equivalence, discovers a deep interlingual identification between native and target language forms. In discussing the grammar-translation method, the situation-structural method, and the notional-rhetorical approach, the latter is seen as primary since it establishes a closer link between the latent psychological and latent language structures. By assuming that function is prior to form and that the whole is prior to the parts, this method facilitates the realization of conceptual and behavioral potentials of language in a properly linked manner. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Communicative Competence (Languages), Dravidian Languages, French, Grammar, Grammar Translation Method, Indonesian Languages, Interlanguage, Language Patterns, Language Role, Language Universals, Language Usage, Notional Functional Syllabi, Psychological Patterns, Reading Processes, Rhetoric, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Speech Skills, Structural Linguistics, Syntax, Tagalog, Tamil, Transformational Generative Grammar, Translation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dravidian Linguistics Association, Trivandrum (India).
Identifiers: Core Language