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ERIC Number: EJ863933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Implementing Language Acquisition in Classrooms
Carrigan, Richard P.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n4 p57-61 Dec 2009
Ads that read, "If you can speak it, you can teach it," attracted thousands of young people to travel the world to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). English language schools of the 1960s and 1970s flourished with the influx of native speakers who were given a scripted textbook with all the "right" things to say. However, by the end of the 1970s, in a world that was rapidly globalizing, the need to communicate across language barriers had become critical. This would lead to the development of a completely new field of research that would change the way second-language classrooms operated, and to a large degree, the way students learned a new language. This article examines some of the more salient aspects of research that have influenced the understanding of what language is and how a learner acquires a second language.
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Language: English
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