ERIC Number: ED328080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-18
Reference Count: N/A
Toru Matsumoto's "Think in English" Approach.
A discussion of the English language teaching method of Toru Matsumoto, author of "Thinking in English," reconstructs the instructional principle and presents it for further development. First, the history of English language teaching in Japan is reviewed and Matsumoto's biography is sketched. The salient features of the principle are summarized, and each is evaluated and compared with other approaches and methods. Practical suggestions for improvement of second language instruction based on the principle are offered. The approach emphasizes the use of language as a means of thinking and of interpersonal communication. The approach argues that each word should be attached to personal feelings in order to attain meaning, and that intellectual understanding can only be achieved through emotional understanding. Translation is discouraged, and the native language is separated entirely from the target language. It is concluded that while the approach was intended for Japanese learners of English, it can be applied to any second language instruction. Suggestions for classroom practice include daily focus on internal use of the target language, encouragement of linguistic flexibility to develop complex ideas, instruction from macro- and micro-perspectives, and extensive and rapid reading. A 28-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Japan; Thinking in English (Matsumoto)
Note: Master's Research Paper, Georgetown University.