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ERIC Number: EJ830216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
A Telling Tale of a Tail and Language Teaching and/or Learning
Haezewindt, Bernard
Language Learning Journal, v34 n1 p72-76 Win 2006
Language teaching has traditionally been a task for teachers to teach vocabulary items and grammatical rules and to explain to students how a foreign language works in reference to their mother tongue. For a long time, language teaching was a means to the end of understanding a written culture. This had two practical corollaries: to grade the students on the acquisition of discrete segments of learning and to sort them according to their marks, with a view to preparing them for the world of work in that it helped employers select candidates on their school or university grades. The result of this approach is plain to see: less than a third of the British population can use a foreign language successfully. Findings from research and academic thinking have hinted at different ways to ensure that students learn successfully what is on offer in the world around them. However, for a long time, there was no way of facilitating this concept, until ICT came on the scene. I believe that, with the use of ICT and positive help from facilitators, language learning will exceed our expectations. However, we shall have first to review all our "commonsense" notions on teaching and learning. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A