ERIC Number: ED125281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Encouraging and Discouraging Mistakes.
Lee, W. R.
First language and second language learners have to learn through making mistakes. Foreign language learners do not have to learn, to anything like the same extent, in this way. Foreign language teachers should study students' mistakes in order better to understand how they are learning and mislearning. Teachers should try to avoid language teaching procedures which appear likely to cause students to make mistakes. If, however, the teacher is too strict about mistakes, learners will not be bold in use of the language and their progress will be retarded. There are times for controlled and correct use of the language and times for adventurous use. Mistakes are not to be encouraged, but sometimes they should not be strongly discouraged. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the joint conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language and the Association des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (2nd, St. Malo, France, January 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document; Pages have been cut to fit onto 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, but original text is unchanged.