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ERIC Number: ED298767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Pragmatic Approach to FLT.
Kharma, N. N.; Hajjaj, Ali H.
A discussion of the worldwide problem of how to approach second language instruction examines insights gained from research and theory and recommends adoption of a pragmatic approach. Five principles underlying language instruction must be considered in this pragmatic approach. First, the most essential function of language is its communicative-humanistic function. Second, language form and function should be presented simultaneously, be guided by communicative grammar, and progressively change in favor of functions until function is predominant in the advanced stages of language learning. Third, no classroom practice or activity leading to the learning of a particular form or function should be prohibited or avoided. Fourth, vocabulary development should be considered essential in any syllabus or teaching situation. Fifth, attention should be paid, particularly at the advanced levels, to language styles used by native speakers in different social situations. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (22nd, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 11-14, 1988).