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ERIC Number: ED249811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Implications of Modern Approaches to Language for Teacher Training.
Williams, Huw
MEXTESOL Journal, v8 n1 p30-38 Apr 1984
Connections between recent developments in theories about language, learning theory, and language teaching are traced from Chomsky's work elaborating the distinction between competence and performance. The evolution of the concepts of function and notion from the study of how language and communication come together in linguistic philosophy is examined, and its subsequent effect on curriculum design to suit specific learner needs is chronicled. English for special purposes, the concept of nuclear English, and a later emphasis on receptive as well as productive strategies are also discussed, and the design of language programs for the learner is diagrammed. The relationship of the language model to methodology and motivation is examined through three major theoretical dichotomies in the field: the distinctions between fluency and accuracy, instrumental and integrative motivation, and language acquisition and language learning. These various concepts are then integrated into a model that illustrates that recent ways of looking at language, syllabus design, and teaching methodology are not as unconnected as they are sometimes thought to be. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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