ERIC Number: ED023062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Notes on Current Knowledge Concerning the Psychology of Learning Modern Languages.
Manpower and Applied Psychology, vl n2 pl48-157
This paper begins with some main conclusions put forth by the author--(1) Very little has been published directly in the area of the psychology of language learning, (2) The very large amount of expertise and opinion-based activity among language teachers (which is based on assumptions about human behavior and which seems to work) would not come up to the scientific standards of a"purist psychologist," and (3) A large number of areas of general psychology are of relevance, but the full implications have not been worked out in the special situation of language learning. The author documents his first conclusion with three independent sources of bibliographical information. He discusses his other views on educational practices in language teaching, and presents brief descriptions of the various fields of investigation and different theoretical approaches in England and the United States. Studies of the role of meaning in learning languages, the optimum point of introduction of grammar, and the development of perceptual discrimination are suggested fields "worthy of further pursuit." (AMM)
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Authoring Institution: Medical Research Council, Cambridge (England). Applied Psychology Research Unit.