ERIC Number: ED393301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Role of Language of Thought in Foreign Language Learning.
Cohen, Andrew D.
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v11 n2 p1-11 Fall-Win 1995
This paper explores what is meant by "thinking" in a target language. Factors that determine both unplanned and planned use of more than one language for thinking are discussed, and empirical data from a mini-survey and from personal language learning and language using experiences are presented. The role of target-language thinking in improving language ability is reviewed, also from empirical data from the survey and personal experiences. Mental translation in the reading of intermediate college French, the language of thought in an elementary school Spanish immersion program and thought patterns in the production of speech acts by college English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students are also examined. It is concluded that there are definite benefits from making an effort to think in the target language. Actual examples from multilingual subjects are given, and the mini-survey is appended. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/NAV)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Students, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), French, Higher Education, Language Acquisition, Language Role, Psycholinguistics, Psychological Patterns, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Speech Acts, Surveys, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For serial publication in which this article appears, see FL 023 610. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Nessa Wolfson Memorial Colloquium (4th, Philadelphia, PA, January 30, 1995).