ERIC Number: ED285413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Modular Learning and Language Growth.
Theories of human cognition and language suggest that there is a gap between the phases of perception and the phases of production of language. Unfortunately, this is often forgotten in language teaching, so that beginners' courses too frequently contain simplified and non-authentic linguistic input to assure that output does not lag too far behind. It would be better to look at language learning as consisting of stages. Both the "authentic" approach and the "analytical" approach have four stages characterized by the mode of learning, ways of learning, degree of adequacy, and goal. The goal of the authentic approach is fluency and content-oriented comprehension, while the goal of the analytical approach is accuracy and awareness of linguistic form and meaning; the two approaches differ in each of the other dimensions. Evidence from practical and theoretical research supports the use of a combination of these approaches in the classroom. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (21st, Westende, Belgium, April 12-14, 1987).