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ERIC Number: ED254078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 8
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Socrates in the First Year Foreign Language Classroom--or--When Are "Why" Questions Appropriate?
Giauque, Gerald S.
It is suggested that the foreign language teacher's role is not to answer questions about the logic of the language but to persuade students to use it. A response of a friendly "Because!," without apology, and sometimes with a comment about the occasional lack of logic or consistency in English grammar or constructions, is recommended. It is noted that the central issue of language learning is not understanding the "logic" of the language but accepting and producing the language, and that students can be guided into asking more useful questions about techniques for retaining information. When the students are more skillful, the teacher can ask "why" questions, with the result that the students will either realize how unproductive the questions are or produce very good answers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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