ERIC Number: EJ828044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Thoughts on the "Languages Review"
Language Learning Journal, v35 n2 p297-299 Dec 2007
The Review (Dearing & King, 2007) will doubtless be judged less on its detailed content and standpoint and more on the impact it has on politicians' and ministers' priorities for teaching languages. For the Review is concerned with language "teaching" much more than with "learning". This is evident, for example, in the discussion of the consensus about "the right way of "teaching'"" (my emphasis, p. 30). The reference is to input, to interaction and to motivation, of which only motivation might be taken to refer to learning processes. However, even this is treated throughout the review largely as a question of stimulating motivation, by changes in examinations, for example. It is assumed that "motivation" comes from a transitive verb "to motivate", rather than from a passive "to be motivated" or a reflexive "to motivate oneself". The onus seems to be on the teaching, and the teachers, to motivate the pupils, and this reflects the tendency of the Review as a whole.
Descriptors: Verbs, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Teacher Role, Language Teachers
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