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ERIC Number: ED038636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
ESL for the Non-Academic Adult.
Martin, Carson
The non-academic adult is defined for the English as a second language teacher on the basis of his attitudes toward language. He doesn't care to theorize about language; he just wants enough mastery of it to function in the particular social milieu in which he expects to live and work. The ESL teacher should find out what the student's social and economic expectations are, and aim at equipping the student with the particular language skills he will need to reach them. The teacher should also distinguish between critical and non-critical phonological and syntactical errors. Critical errors should be stamped out as ruthlessly as circumstances permit, while non-critical errors may be handled with less severity. The teacher must also be constantly on guard against developing a type of immunity to unintelligibility by association: he may be unaware that he is automatically interpreting the students' utterances. The author feels that the "live telephone test" described here, in which students asked airline or railroad ticket clerks for information (after having practiced a "probable" dialog in class) is a valid measure of general oral intelligibility. (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, March 18-21, 1970