LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/ABR/2006 12:37 PM|
|Assunto:||English as an international language|
The teachers had terrible pronunication, there was heavy emphasis on using DVDs, questions related to anything not on the screen often went unanswered, etc. If these methods are so modern, good, and scientific, why aren't the instructors good?
That's the point, no tool can make an incompetent become competent. Most instructors lack some more scientifical approach to what they are doing in classroom. A biologist has to study a lot before baldly go into the market, they've got to have all the theoretical background, and it is also true for doctors, journalists, mathematicians, engeneers, you name it! But strangely enough when it comes to language there seem to be a total lack of interest in the theoretical basis, what language is made of/from, how it works. What this site shows is that language teachers (and it doesn't matter whether we are thinking of mother language teaching/learning or second/third language teaching/learning) should have a rigid or at least a more selective formation as a doctor or engeneer should have.
The teacher can't show off in classroom talking about Chomsky and Sausurre, but their ground is where their pupils will walk on, so the path must be very tidy and firm.
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