ERIC Number: ED021490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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The Visual Element and the Problem of Meaning in Language Learning.
Audio-Visual Language Journal, v4 n2 p84-87 Winter 1966-67
Some basic tenets of the audiovisual approach to language instruction are challenged in this article which considers the ways in which "meaning" is given to sound sequences. It is argued here that (1) the meaning of a sound sequence does not derive solely or primarily from visual stimuli, (2) that different parts of speech derive meaning in different ways, and (3) that much meaning is derived from linguistic context--by means of repetition, definition, and association within the language itself. Also stressed are the indications that in the learning of the mother tongue, meaning is acquired after there is familiarity and automatic control over basic linguistic structures. The article concludes that visual aids are most effective not as initial conveyers of meaning but as the stimuli for verbal associations after the student has mastered structures in the target language. (AR)
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Authoring Institution: Audio-Visual Language Association, London (England).