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ERIC Number: ED085364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 25
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Situational Reinforcement: Philosophy, Goals, History, and Recent Research.
St. Denis, Hedy Arlette
This document presents the case for the use of situational reinforcement (SR) as a language teaching method of which all teachers of languages should be made aware. SR is defined as a horizontal approach to language learning, a process of gradual familiarization where students are presented with a mixture of language structures from the outset; these structures are taught in natural contexts based initially on concrete classroom and social situations, the situations becoming increasingly abstract as the student progresses. The expressed theoretical basis of this approach is that people generate language based on what they already know and continually abstract and revise internalized grammar rules from the input they receive. Section one of the document describes this philosophy and the goals of SR. The second section presents the history of SR. Included in this section is a comparison of SR with the traditional "pattern practice" method of teaching language. The final section summarizes research related to SR. (JA)
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