ERIC Number: ED208664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Applications of Second Language Acquisition Research to the Bilingual Classroom. Focus, Number 8.
Chamot, Anna Uhl
Second language research is important for teachers in bilingual programs because it investigates which solutions work best for which problems, in which situations, and with which learners. Research aids practitioners in more effective program planning, implementation, and evaluation. To compensate for the time lag in availability of materials, concerned teachers must keep up with current research, analyze its findings, and apply them to their teaching approaches and instructional materials. This paper presents: (1) an overview of major research areas in second language acquisition and refers to a sample of studies whose findings have clear implications for the classroom, (2) a second language learning model that incorporates many of the recent research findings into a taxonomic scheme, and (3) criteria and guidelines for applying second language acquisition research findings to the bilingual classroom. Four major areas of importance to the classroom teacher in current second language acquisition research are the comparison of first and second language acquisition; social, affective, and cognitive factors; second language input; and second language learning in school settings. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Bilingual Education, Cognitive Processes, Comprehension, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Language Acquisition, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Social Influences, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn, VA 22209. (No charge for single copy, $1.00 each for multiple copies.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Arlington, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the International Bilingual Bicultural Education Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (Boston, MA, May, 1981).