ERIC Number: ED165500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Place of Linguistics in Language Teaching.
Gleason, H. A., Jr.
Knowledge of linguistics, a systematic understanding of language and languages, is a necessary qualification for language teachers. In language learning, a "mini-language" is constructed before fluency is approached. Interaction in the language is needed, and the teacher, as the partner in the interaction, must be able to work within the narrower limits of a mini-language. Understanding of the linguistic aspects of the specific language (the student's mini-language) and of general processes of language development and operation are needed by the teacher. A good background in general and English linguistics also would be a good prerequisite for taking university-level introductory language courses. A language course must give both a common core of the language and prepare students for effective self-instruction. Vocabulary building and use of the dictionary and language study for literary studies are addressed. Ways that linguistics applies to language classroom activities are sketched, and experiences and insights from teaching a course in Hindi to students who were going to India are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, College Curriculum, Grammar, Higher Education, Hindi, Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Language Teachers, Language Universals, Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Literature Appreciation, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document; Paper presented at Conference on Second Language Teaching (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, April 1978)