ERIC Number: ED423677
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Publication Date: 1998
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Neurolinguistic Applications to SLA Classroom Instruction: A Review of the Issues with a Focus on Danesi's Bimodality.
Kim-Rivera, E. G.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v3 n2 p91-103 Spr 1998
Few studies have approached second language teaching from a neurolinguistic perspective. An exception is Marcel Danesi's educational construct of neurological bimodality, an attempt to find a neurological foundation for classroom language instruction. The underlying hypothesis is that there is a natural flow of information processing from the right to the left hemispheres of the brain during language learning; therefore, language instruction should reflect that flow direction by providing concrete forms of instruction at early language learning stages and more formal and abstract instruction at later stages. However, the hypothesis raises questions; for example, the evidence for right-hemisphere functions in second language learning is contradictory, yet those functions are an important element in bimodality. In addition, there have been few empirical studies supporting the hypothesis. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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