ERIC Number: ED115111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Language Laboratory: Implications of the Functional Approach. ELT Documents (75/1).
The recent tendency in language instruction is toward the functional approach which shifts focus away from structure and internal semantics toward communicative competence and the external uses to which language is put. The implications of this trend for methodology, materials production, educational technology, and in particular for the language laboratory are discussed here. The efficiency of the language laboratory is questioned. The main criticism is that it isolates the learner, thereby excluding visual, kinesic and proxemic information. Also, it has not been proven by any empirical surveys that the language laboratory as it now exists is doing the job it is supposed to. The evidence points towards the abolition of the classroom-laboratory and a corresponding increase in sound libraries and in the diffusion of a variety of audio-visual equipment. It is predicted that the next generation of language laboratories will be "video-boratories" wherever they can be afforded. But any expediture on expensive laboratory set-ups should be considered carefully in terms of returns. The switch to the functional approach will result in a move away from artificially constructed programs toward the use of authentic materials. (TL)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Centers, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Media, Educational Technology, Instructional Materials, Language Aids, Language Instruction, Language Laboratories, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis
English-Teaching Information Centre, The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, England
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English-Teaching Information Centre.
Note: For related documents, see FL 007 294 and 295