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ERIC Number: EJ1180080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0192-401X
Understanding and Utilizing Form-Focused Instruction in the Language Classroom
Kellem, Kunie; Halvorsen, Andy
ORTESOL Journal, v35 p27-35 2018
ESL/EFL teachers can face several challenges when it comes to a focus on language forms in the classroom. How should teachers integrate the instruction of structural language forms with meaning-based activities? How necessary is a focus on form for student language learning? In what contexts is an explicit focus on form in the classroom most appropriate? This article explores the answers to these questions and others. The article begins by looking at some relevant background on the use of Form-Focused Instruction (FFI) in the language classroom, and it considers FFI's relevance for today's learners. The paper also provides pragmatic examples for how to make use of FFI in practical and meaningful ways. In the end, the article argues that a theoretical and pedagogical awareness of FFI should be part of a teacher's repertoire of tools to enhance student learning in certain classroom contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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