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ERIC Number: ED082213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966-Sep
Pages: 14
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Linguistics and the Teaching of English, Study Group Paper No. 8.
Sinclair, John M.
The minimum linguistic competence required of an English teacher must be sufficient knowledge to assess continuously the role of direct teaching of linguistics in the classroom; to express, directly or not, views about the nature of language and the structure of English which accord with the best scholarship available; and to counterbalance the effects of his own learning of English and guarantee the native speaker that the linguistic apparatus which will be used on or near him will be as self-consistent and comprehensive as possible. The linguistic theory which best suits the English teacher is one which fits our intuitions and knowledge of the internalized theory of native speakers; has a strong developmental aspect; is truly comprehensive in the corpus it can describe and in the distinctions it can make during description; makes possible descriptions which are internally divided and isolating and in which close contact is always maintained between abstract categories and texts; and contains a pragmatic component which allows useful discussion of style, correctness, and acceptability. (HOD)
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Authoring Institution: National Association for the Teaching of English (England).; National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.; Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.