ERIC Number: ED136593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating the Immigrant's Learning a Second Language in the Classroom.
Gallagher, W. K.
The paper discusses the major second language teaching methods used to date in contrast with the strategies and techniques all children so successfully employ in first language acquisition. Second language acquisition for adults is not identical to first language acquisition but research seems to support the theory that it is similar. Successful second language acquisition was found to take place when adult second language learners were immersed in a carefully planned yet informal English environment. In the classroom students should participate in activities which require language use following similar strategies and techniques young children appear to use, such as language games, dialogues, and skits. The course should therefore be planned situationally rather than grammatically. (Author/CFM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Classroom Communication, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, English (Second Language), Grammar, Immersion Programs, Immigrants, Language Acquisition, Language Instruction, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A