ERIC Number: ED222089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Demystifying Verbal Structure and Forms in Second Language Teaching.
A review of the history and current status of second language instruction practices reveals ways to facilitate the acquisition of fluency and communication ability. Because verb forms are central to most languages, demystification of verb forms should be the first practical task of language teachers. Analysis shows that the numerous structural and formal modifications of verb forms can be reduced to a surprisingly small number that can be readily mastered by students. For example, in French, less than 70 combinants will yield accurate reading and writing skills, while less than two dozen phonemes will provide a high degree of aural comprehension and oral effectiveness. These basic verbs and combinations are shown in accompanying tables as an example of how the difficulties of learning new languages can be reduced. Such information is easily transferable to a computer format for use in language laboratories. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Foreign Language Education and Technology (1st, Tokyo, Japan, August 18-21, 1981).