ERIC Number: ED320438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Ten Principles of Interactive Language Learning and Teaching. NFLC Occasional Papers.
Rivers, Wilga M.
Ten principles based on the interactive nature of language learning and teaching include the following: (1) the student is the language learner; (2) language learning and teaching are shaped by student needs and objectives in particular circumstances; (3) language learning and teaching are based on normal uses of language, with communication of meanings (in oral and written form) to all basic strategies and techniques; (4) classroom relations reflect mutual liking and respect, allowing for both teacher personality and student personality in a non-threatening atmosphere of cooperative learning; (5) basic to language use are knowledge of language and control of language; (6) development of language control proceeds through creativity, which is nurtured by interactive, participatory activities; (7) every possible medium and modality is used to aid learning; (8) testing is an aid to learning; (9) language learning is penetrating another culture: students learn to operate harmoniously within another culture or in contact with another culture; and (10) the real world extends beyond the classroom walls; language learning takes place in and out of the classroom. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Creativity, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Educational Environment, Language Research, Language Role, Language Tests, Learning Processes, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Needs, Student Participation, Student Role, Testing
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Washington, DC. National Foreign Language Center.