Language Learning Theories

Language Learning Theories.


English.  Krashenite.  Has now become task-based learning, to all intents and purposes.  Much less widespread in practice – more a BANA type of methodology than a TESEP one. 



Weak one more common/widespread.  Communication activity element added on to focus on linguistic competence.  Variations on this theme practiced in communicatively-oriented TESEP systemsA product of the 1970s onwards, and very much a reaction to the new theoretical insights about language and language learning that superseded those that AL built on, as discussed in previous two sessions.



Based on view of language as communication and need to involve thinking processes and emotions of learner.



At least two main versions.  Strong one = communicating to learn



Another way of characterizing difference is amount of emphasis given to part-sklil teaching vs whole-task.  Weak approach tends to focus on both, strong much more on only latter. 



In contrast to diet of dialogues and drills of AL, CA provides much more varied fare (go through, and relate to underlying theories).




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