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ERIC Number: ED057955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Pages: 21
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Needed Research as a Contribution to the Problem of Teaching English to American Indians. A Position Paper.
Willink, E. W.
There appears to be a general realization in the Southwest that the fact that English is not the mother tongue for large numbers of American Indian children has implications for the method and materials by which English should be taught to these children. TESL (teaching English as a second language) methods are generally considered superior but, in places where TESL has been practiced to date with Indian children, it is apparent that English is still learned very slowly in spite of the great effort and the emphasis on TESL. The nature of the problem for the researcher would seem to be a comparative study to test the validity of various assumptions that are currently being made about the mental processes involved in second language learning and to test the relative efficiency of a number of plausibly suggested methodological implications. The validity of the concepts of competence and performance for second language learning is the object of needed research. Also worthy of research is the validity of the principles of (1) teaching units for mastery and (2) the spiral curriculum approach. Arguments in favor of a particular linguistic sequence in contrast to other sequences invite research, as do arguments that stress the importance of the semantic content of the language lessons. Proposed short-term and long-term research projects are detailed in the paper. (JH)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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