ERIC Number: ED278231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
"I Got Religion!"--Evangelism in Language Teaching.
There is a risk of second language teachers becoming emotionally overcharged about innovative methods and techniques. Innovators promoting particular methods often claim comprehensive answers to instructional problems, and in spite of an apparent concern for scientific respectability, new approaches take on some characteristics of religious movements. But panaceas do not exist, and pedagogical movements should be kept in perspective. Among the positive results of new approaches are changes in the roles of teacher and learner, emphasis on group supportiveness, relaxation and reduction of threat to the learner, realization of the hidden capacity of the human brain, enhancement of the role of play in learning, changes in attitudes about error, emphasis on building inner learner criteria, and recognition of the value of creative silence. However, some of the approaches are also contradictory or inconsistent. Teachers must learn to exercise independent judgment about teaching methods and not accept them wholesale. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Savignon, Sandra J., Ed. and Berns, Margie S., Ed. Communicative Language Teaching: Where Are We Going? Urbana, Language Learning Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; see FL 016 358.