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ERIC Number: ED253077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Classroom FL Instruciton and Syllabus Design.
Valdman, Albert
The central objective of language classroom instruction is learning to speak, and while the use of language for communication has a place in the classroom, it must be taught alongside other activities for which language is used. To achieve a significant level of speaking success in the classroom, the traditional syllabus must be replaced with one more compatible with the use of language for communication, but not to the exclusion of grammatical instruction. This kind of syllabus should be essentially notional and based on an inventory of semantic concepts (time, quantification, possession, modality) rather than, as traditionally, in terms of surface linguistic features. Implementation of this syllabus faces three major problems: the unavailability of notionally based grammars, the mismatch between most grammatical descriptions and the target language vernacular, and the difficulty of tapping the learners' internalized grammar. Both the more conservative norms for relatively error-free, well-formed speech and vernacular features must be included in the syllabus in the interest of communicative success and ultimate achievement of learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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