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ERIC Number: ED415692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Language Teaching and Research.
Nunan, David
A discussion of the relationship between language teaching and research begins by defining research as a systematic process of inquiry in which the researcher poses a question or questions, collects relevant data, analyzes and interprets it, and makes the results accessible to others. It looks at the simplistic but persistent distinction between qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Some basic principles teachers can derive from research are summarized: (1) make instructional goals explicit to learners; (2) give learners opportunities to make their own contributions to the learning process; (3) encourage active communication through sequenced, achievable tasks; (4) provide opportunities for learners to apply their skills beyond the classroom; (5) teach learning strategies as well as content; (6) teach grammar in ways that show the essential harmony between form and function; (7) go beyond declarative knowledge to procedural skills development; (8) give learners an opportunity to work with authentic data; (9) maximize opportunities for learners to work cooperatively; and (10) provide learners with opportunities to self-monitor. Classroom research is encouraged to be made more contextualized and classroom-oriented, for closer links between teaching and research, for collaborative research, and for development of an extended vision of the nature of research. Contains 35 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Classroom Teachers and Classroom Research; see FL 024 999.