Principles of learning teaching a language


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Principles of learning teaching a language

  1. 1. English Teaching/Learning Methodology What you should know about teaching English (as a Foreign Language) The very basics. © (version adapted by lecturer)
  2. 2. Reference Books <ul><li>Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching , Diane Larsen-Freeman, Oxford University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Language Learning and Teaching , H. Douglas Brown, Prentice Hall Regents. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching by Principles , H. Douglas Brown, Prentice Hall Regents. </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching , Jack C. Richards & Theordore S. Rodgers, Cambridge University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>An introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research . Diane Larsen-Freeman & Michael H. Long. </li></ul><ul><li>The Practice of English Language Teaching , Jeremy Harmer, Longman, Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language . </li></ul><ul><li>Celce-Murcia, M. H&H </li></ul><ul><li>Second Language Teaching & Learning . David Nunan. (1995). H& H. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research findings on Learning a Language <ul><li>(a) Adults and adolescents can acquire a L2 </li></ul><ul><li>(b) The learners create concepts with the same systematic </li></ul><ul><li>errors as the child learning the L1 </li></ul><ul><li>(d) Practice doesn ’ t make perfect </li></ul><ul><li>(e) Knowing a linguistic rule doesn ’ t mean knowing how to use it </li></ul><ul><li>(f) Isolated explicit error correction is usually ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>(g) More adult learners fossilize </li></ul><ul><li>(h) One cannot achieve native-like command of a L2 </li></ul><ul><li>in one hour a day </li></ul><ul><li>(i) A meaningful context is paramount. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Advantages children benefit from in learning a foreign language: <ul><li>Children ’ s greater potential for developing accurate pronunciation, accent and fluency before puberty </li></ul><ul><li>Children ’ s favorable attitude towards a language and its culture, either their mother tongue or a second language. </li></ul><ul><li>Children ’ s less mental barriers of learning than adults </li></ul><ul><li>Children ’ s learning two languages simultaneously without suffering from inter-lingual interference </li></ul><ul><li>Listening along with speaking, a preliminary and preferable role in the natural order of language acquisition for children </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a “good” English learner/teacher? <ul><li>A “good” learner of English is </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to listen </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to think about how to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Independent/responsible </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is a “good” English teacher? <ul><li>According to Brown (2001) </li></ul><ul><li>i) technical knowledge — understanding linguistics; grasping basic principles of language learning and teaching; language proficiencies in speaking, reading, writing and listening; knowledge about language learning process through one ’ s own experience; understanding the relationship between culture and language and knowledge of latest development of language teaching and learning. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>ii) Pedagogical skills </li></ul><ul><li>iii) Interpersonal skills. </li></ul><ul><li>iv) Personal qualities. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Deductive learning of grammar — is an approach to language learning in which learners are taught rules and given specific information about a language. They then apply these rules when they use the language. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Inductive learning — is an approach to language learning in which learners are not taught grammatical or other types of rules directly but are left to discover or induce rules from their experience of using the language. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Performance and competence </li></ul><ul><li>Performance -- a person’s actual use of language; </li></ul><ul><li>Competence -- a person’s knowledge of a language </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Acquisition vs. learning </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition --the processes by which people naturally develop proficiency in a language </li></ul><ul><li>Learning -- the processes by which people formally develop language proficiency. </li></ul>the Acquisition-learning hypothesis by Stephen Krashen-(1941-)
  12. 12. <ul><li>bottom-up processing vs. top-down processing </li></ul><ul><li>Top-down processing — a way in which humans analyze and process language as part of the process of comprehension and learning by making use of previous knowledge (higher-level knowledge) in analyzing and processing information which is received such as one ’ s expectations, experience, schemata in reading the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom-up processing — a way making use principally of information which is already present in the data (words, sentences, etc.) such as understanding a text mainly by analyzing the words and sentences in the text itself. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Teacher-centered vs. learner-centered teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-centered (fronted) teaching — a teaching style in which instruction is closely managed and controlled by the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-centered teaching — methods of teaching which emphasizes the active role of students in learning, tries to give learners more control over what and how they learn and encourages learners to take more responsibility for their own learning. It is encouraged by many current teaching approaches. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Target language vs. native language </li></ul><ul><li>Target language —the language which a person is learning </li></ul><ul><li>Native language — a first language or mother tongue/motherese which is acquired first. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Form vs. function </li></ul><ul><li>Form — the physical characteristics of a thing-> in language use, a linguistic form is like the imperative </li></ul><ul><li>Function — a linguistic form can perform a variety of different functions: </li></ul><ul><li>Come here for a drink-> invitation </li></ul><ul><li>Watch out-> warning </li></ul><ul><li>Turn left at the corner-> direction </li></ul><ul><li>Pass the salt-> request </li></ul>