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ERIC Number: ED371573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
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Simplification in Pedagogy.
Brumfit, Christopher
This paper examines the use of simplification in second language instruction. It argues that although simplification is a necessary process in coping with the conceptual and experiential chaos of the classroom, it is a potentially dangerous process that risks creating categories that become too insensitive to cope with changing audiences and changing conceptual needs. Simplification in the classroom involves selection, coherence, and adaptation to the particular audience by the instructor. Processes of making general statement, of fixing and formalizing, and ultimately of stressing particular features for particular effects are inherent in the simplification process, but should not degenerate into insensitive stereotyping and caricature. Teachers need to understand the nature of the simplifications they are making and beware of their pitfalls. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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