ERIC Number: ED148137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Impasses and Reversals in Foreign Language Instruction. Melanges Pedagogiques, 1971.
All proposed programs in foreign language instruction should be scrutinized and questioned in liberal-minded research centers, because this field seems to have arrived at an impasse. Two types of impasse are evident: "intrinsic" and "emergent.""Intrinsic" refers to built-in difficulties, those that are not artificially imposed on the learning-teaching process by programmers but that arise as a natural by-product of the attempt to teach a foreign language, such as time limit and artificiality. "Emergent" covers difficulties that are not inherent in the learning-teaching process, but are created by the programmers and specialists themselves, such as "linguisticism" and "holisticism." Lack of progress in the field can be traced further to the current over-systematization of language by linguists, which blinds programmers to the nature and functioning of language as a means of communication. This situation can be improved only by a shift of direction. (CFM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nancy Univ., (France). Centre de Recherches et d'Applications Pedagogiques en Langues.