ERIC Number: ED213256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Formalism and Realism in a Teaching Programme.
Dry, D. P. L.
This paper presents arguments in favor of and against formalistic and realistic approaches in teaching/learning English in an English-speaking country. Within the formalism approach, the purpose of language teaching is to inculcate an intuitive grasp of the system of the target language. The ability to manipulate language rules is of prime consideration, with the ability to use language appropriately of secondary concern. Realism refers to an approach where the ability to use language in natural situations is the prime concern. A command of language forms is of interest only as it contributes to the ability to operate effectively in real-life language situations. It is suggested that language programs combine formalism (since linguistic forms must be learned through practice) and realism (since language is an activity related to human interaction and the exchange of information). (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (16th, London, December 18-21, 1981).