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ERIC Number: ED454701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Building a "Working" Theory of Second Language Acquisition: For Classroom and ESL Teachers.
Craig, Dorothy Valcarcel
This paper offers a collection of educational tools for those educators looking for a practical theory of second language acquisition. Educators working with English as a second language (ESL) learners should consider the following factors in trying to develop a working theory: (1) an understanding of what language is, classroom learning, the teaching process, and linguistic contrasts; (2) knowledge and understanding of first language acquisition and all that it entails; (3) awareness of the differences between first language acquisition and second language acquisition; (4) general principles of human intelligence and how it affects or relates to learning, knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the variation among cognitive styles and personalities of the learners; (5) the importance of culture and learning; and (6) the importance of communicative competence in the learning process. Research indicates that classroom approaches are more successful when they enhance a teacher's knowledge and repertoire rather than try to dramatically alter them. The dynamic process of second language learning requires a working theory that is eclectic and ever-changing in order to meet the needs of the student and capitalize on the strengths of the teacher and promote language learning success. (Contains 20 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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