ERIC Number: ED345534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Theory and Research in SLA and FLL: On Producers and Consumers.
Issues and Developments in English and Applied Linguistics (IDEAL), v3 p99-109 1988
Currently, the relationship between second language acquisition (SLA) and foreign language learning (FLL) is unidirectional, with theory and hypotheses flowing from SLA to FLL, and making FLL a subset of SLA. However, this relationship is an artificial one resting on debatable or even incorrect assumptions. These include the assumptions that: (1) SLA has answers to questions about language acquisition; (2) SLA has a truly cross-linguistic perspective; and (3) acquisition is not a research domain of the foreign language profession. The foreign language profession must cease to become simply a consumer of SLA research and theory and become an active contributor. Further, it can be argued that some questions in SLA can be answered best by researching foreign-language, not second-language, learners. In practical terms, English-as-a-Second-Language and foreign language teachers need to seek ways to interact so common aspects of non-primary language teaching can be delineated and pursued jointly. In empirical endeavors, researchers need to cross fields and test hypotheses in other contexts. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Comparative Analysis, Educational Research, Interprofessional Relationship, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Teachers, Linguistic Theory, Research Needs, Researchers, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Teacher Attitudes, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the complete volume, see FL 020 221.