ERIC Number: ED269971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Language Acquisition, Language Learning and the School Curriculum.
Davies, Norman F.
Although the constraints of time and environment under which most language learning is done mean that a natural language situation can never be reproduced in school, many of the findings from first language acquisition studies apply to second language (L2) learning. This would mean therefore that instead of stressing speaking in a beginning L2 class, the curriculum would be firmly based on receptive skills and that adequate meaningful exposure to the language would precede any attempt to train productive skills. As receptive skills are developed, a more prominent role would be given to developing and testing skills in fluency, appropriateness, and accuracy. The student would be kept continually active in the comprehension of a rich linguistic environment and in the creation of meaningful utterances, which are the primary means of language acquisition. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Papers in Language Learning and Language Acquisition. Papers presented at the Nordic Conference on Applied Linguistics (2nd, Hanasaari, Espoo, Finland, November 23-25, 1979); see FL 015 708.