ERIC Number: ED109888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Sociolinguistics and the Language Teacher. Linguistic Communications: Working Papers of the Linguistic Society of Australia, No. 12.
Neustupny, J. V.
Prior to the development of modern sociolinguistics the immediate contribution of linguistics to society as a whole was negligible. Without the further development of sociolinguistics, the situation will not change radically. In order to arrive at a more useful system of linguistics, linguists must realize that this situation does not result simply from the unwillingness of the non-linguist to accept the fruits of their work but has its roots in the character and development of modern linguistics itself. Sociolinguistics can be characterized as having three stages: the language and society approach, the language variation approach, and the communicative competence approach. The last-named approach as a new discipline can be expected to contribute greatly to foreign language instruction, especially in: (1) defining the nature of language teaching; (2) defining the foreign language use situation; and (3) providing a general model of communication and making the language teacher aware of the necessity of teaching communicative competence. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of Australia.
Note: Paper presented at the Seminar on Language Teaching: Problems and Solutions (La Trobe University, April 14, 1972)