Thursday, December 16, 2004

Teachers should not just provide knowledge-the role of LLS(language learning strategy)

Warden wrote his opinion about the diverse research arguments for the impact of grammatical correction on language learners' learning.

"By citing a few others who tell their opinions and a couple studies that failed to find a significant influence from grammar correction, a conclusion is reached that it doesn't work. The problem with this logic is that not finding something does not prove it is not there, and you need to compare it to something else to understand which method is more effective. NO DIFFERENCE means all methods are equal. Call them bad or call them good--it is the same"

I believe many language teachers must find language learning theories not as helpful as they should be in practical classroom settings; after all, learners are individuals. I've always struggled to use different teaching techniques on different learners or in different classrooms. Just as Warden suggested learners in different cultures may prefer different kinds of learning ways.

There are also several articles suggest the importance of training learners to learn in a certain way. To teach learners how to learn (learning strategy) should be more helpful than just pouring knowledge to them and expect them to absorb everything.



2 Comments:

Blogger paul shih said...

Hi, I read your controversy about acquistion and learning. This controversy reminds me of my study on English class last year. Our teacher did spend a lot of time then, but no conclusion was drawn. He said English just entered to the kid's brain automatically without a clue. We kept go on to the Jean Piaget's cognitive developmental theory, and also Vygotsky's scaffording and ZPD for some successive periods. A careful examination of these two cognitive developments, many teaching methods seem to make senses for myself.
I am thinking you might need to check their theories. This is only my suggestion.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Y.H.Stella Chen said...

Hi,
Some people propose that the acquisition of a second or foreign language should be the same as the acquisition of children's first language; those theorists assume that the ability of learning a language, no matter 1st, 2nd, or foreign one, is innate.

However, there are still some people do not agree with that assumption. We of course can't say which hypothesis is correct and which is not. I myself believe that the natural approach of teaching a language can help learners to subconsciously acquire the target lang (especially for young learners); however, the explanation the grammar should be also helpful to accelerate the learning and understanding of a new language.

8:20 PM  

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