ERIC Number: ED324949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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La definition des besoins langagiers des adolescents: Un probleme delicat (The Definition of Adolescent Language Needs: A Delicate Problem).
A discussion of the language needs of adolescents as they relate to second language instruction suggests that for this large population of learners, language needs have not really been considered seriously. It is also proposed that because of the fluidity of the term "language needs," the focus should instead be on second language communication needs, a more dynamic and realistic approach. Further, native language communication needs and second language communication needs may be interchangeable for this group. Research and curricula centering on true adolescent communication needs can address their social group, the social subculture to which an individual belongs and its interaction with other adolescent subcultures, and an intercultural macrocosm. The latter may be addressed successfully with an interactional, multi-media approach. It is concluded that as the field of second language instruction evolves, it is necessary to find new, more effective, and more realistic approaches centered on adolescents. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics, sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).