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ERIC Number: ED227698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 235
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-19-434106-2
The Functional-Notional Approach: From Theory to Practice.
Finocchiaro, Mary; Brumfit, Christopher
Both the theoretical basis of functional-notionalism and its practical classroom applications are discussed in this text. The major characteristic of the functional-notional approach to language teaching is a sensitivity to the individual needs of students. Based on the idea that the ability to use real, appropriate language to communicate with others is the primary goal of most foreign language learning, the design of a functional-notional curriculum contributes to the goal of communication and interaction from the first day of study. Major emphasis is placed on the communicative purposes of a speech act. Featured in the text are (1) a historical overview of language learning and teaching, (2) definitions of terms, (3) characteristics of the approach, (4) lists of functions and notions, (5) step-by-step techniques, (6) communicative activities, (7) the role of grammar, and (8) evaluation procedures. Discussion is included of general methodology and strategies that have been found most effective in helping learners use the language appropriately in a variety of real-world situations, as well as reading, writing, and grammar instructional techniques. (NCR)
Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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