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ERIC Number: ED112660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 54
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The Contribution of Language Sciences to the Diversification of Second Language Teaching Methods in the Light of the Characteristics of the Learners.
Roulet, E.
Throughout the fifties and sixties the methodology of second-language teaching underwent a radical change in response to new communication needs, and under the influence of structural linguistics and behavioral psychology. Unfortunately, the effort did not produce all of the results expected, and this probably for two reasons: on the one hand, it was based on a linguistic and psychological foundation which was much too elementary and limited and was soon put in question in its own right; on the other, it did not take sufficient note of the characteristics of the learners. At the same time, disciplines such as psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics made their appearance and developed alongside linguistics and psychology, contributing in the process fresh information concerning the acquisition and use of languages as instruments of communication. Since then, it has become possible to speak of a renewal and a diversification of second language pedagogy in the light of these disciplines, which take better account of the characteristics of the groups and individuals involved, in particular of their language needs, their attitudes, their motivations and their learning strategies. The last part of the report outlines the methodological implications of this new approach and illustrates them with the help of some recent findings. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Unesco Meeting on diversification of methods and techniques for teaching foreign languages (Paris, September 15-20, 1975)