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ERIC Number: ED061845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-29
Pages: 11
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The Psychological Reality of "Grammar" in the ESL Classroom.
Brown, H. Douglas
Examing the relationship between linguistic functions and other complex mental and emotional processes such as intellect, conceptual behavior, personality differences, egocentricity, and other important facets of cognitive and affective behavior may lead to the description of "psychologically" real grammatical structures which relate directly to mental processing, storage, and recall. Such a concept of English grammar with a cognitive basis according to a generative semantic theory of language would increase meaningful learning in English as a second language (ESL). According to generative semantic theory, the semantic organization is the base and forms the deep structure; the syntax emerges from the semantic base. From the beginning stages, language learning can and should be meaningful, with meaningful manipulation the goal of early ESL classes leading to communication and meaningful learning. Through communication the learner himself is better able to relate his new language to his own cognitive organization. (Author/VM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Sixth Annual TESOL Convention, Washington, D.C., February 29, 1972