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ERIC Number: ED374674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 12
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The Teaching of Linguistics in the L2 Medium.
Partington, Ann
This paper discusses some of the problems that arise for students and instructors in the teaching of the linguistics of a language to students in the process of learning that language as a second language (L2). Because non-native speakers may not have reached terminal competence in the L2, the language being presented in linguistics classes as examples of linguistic phenomena may be used by the student as a form of input to the acquisition process. Another difficulty is that non-native speakers may have reached a stage of acquisition in the L2 where their knowledge has become fossilized--when new linguistic forms are no longer being acquired. The question of linguistic intuition in first-language (L1) and L2 students is also considered. Linguistics instructors can help alleviate these difficulties by: (1) informing students that their knowledge of the L2 will not necessarily be improved by learning about the language from standard texts; (2) setting up courses that enable comparisons of the linguistic characteristics of the L1 and L2 to be made; and (3) trying to use material that is familiar to the students. Contains 10 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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