ERIC Number: ED119474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teaching and Learning for Communication.
Valette, Rebecca M.
Language Association Bulletin, v27 n3 p5-11 Jan76
When the author's family spent a year in Germany, two of the children attended German schools, where they were forced to learn German for all communication. On the basis of that experience, it is suggested that classrooms employ situations similar to total immersion in language teaching. Teaching and learning for communication depend on three factors: (1) meaningful use of language, (2) understanding what words mean and how patterns operate, and (3) a feeling of success in the learner. The free learner immersed in a foreign language environment learns language in a situational context. In the classroom, if actions and picture are associated with vocabulary, listening comprehension is developed. Creative use of the language should be encouraged, as students express original sentences. Situational contexts help clarify vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of the native language to explain structures is helpful in understanding language patterns, and helps particularly the older learner acquire the language faster. Success and a positive attitude may be generated by presenting material in short lessons, which are less discouraging and easier to master. Creative review and communication also lead to a warm atmosphere and a sense of accomplishment. (CHK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.