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Education for Pluralism [microform] : The Changing Role of Language Teaching in Australia / D. E. Ingram
Bib ID 5308510
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Ingram, D. E
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1976 
18 p. 
Summary

Marked incongruity exists between the present language teaching system in Australia and the nation's social structure. Few of the languages spoken in the community by major ethnic groups are taught in the schools and little effect of the society's pluralism is evident in objectives and methods. Three causes of this situation are examined, and new roles for language teaching that will match social needs are discussed. One major goal emerges as the fostering of favorable cross-cultural attitudes. This leads to community involvement approaches to second language teaching and extends second language learning into the realm of personality development. Erikson's "identity crisis" and "intimacy crisis" and Freire's notion of "conscientization" are used to elucidate student needs and to suggest desirable approaches to methodology. Consideration of insights from modern linguistic and psycholinguistic studies leads to similar implications for teaching practice. In brief, students learn best through using the language in real and purposeful communication and cross-cultural attitudinal development necessitates interaction with native speakers. Such needs seem to be best catered for in community involvement activities as an integral and integrating part of a language course. (Author)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (Newcastle, Australia, August 23-25, 1976).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Attitude Change.  |  Communicative Competence (Languages)  |  Community Involvement.  |  Cultural Pluralism.  |  Educational Attitudes.  |  Language Attitudes.  |  Language Instruction.  |  Language Planning.  |  Learning Activities.  |  Psycholinguistics.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Social Attitudes.  |  Social Influences.  |  Sociolinguistics.  |  Teaching Methods.  |  Australia  |  Language Functions
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