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ERIC Number: ED476268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An "Heretical" Method for Teaching Foreign Languages.
Bar-Lev, Zev
This article presents an output-printed, lexically-based communicative teaching method. Specially designed to impart spontaneous speaking abilities for special students, it is a possible solution to broader problems of foreign language teaching. It is based on the assumption that acquisition-sequence is crucial to successful classroom study, but an acquisition-sequence distinct from that of first language (L1), and in fact best refined in the second language (L2) classroom. It uses strict incrementation, with mostly asymmetric sequencing and also a variety of shortcuts, to ensure easy ways to say as much as possible, or optimal errors in cases where (as is inevitable) the learner cannot access the exact form while speaking. The class progresses mostly in small-group study through four study-steps per lesson, covering an average of two speaking lessons per class-hour. The study-steps ensure successful study of vocabulary and patterns, finally forcing spontaneous speech. Special innovations are also used to teach skip-comprehension (comprehension when less than 50 percent of the text consists of known words). Samples from a mini-course are appended. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A