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The psychologist and the foreign-language teacher / Wilga M. Rivers.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1964] .
ISBN 0226720950, 9780226720951

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Subjects Fremdsprachenunterricht.
Languages, Modern -- Study and teaching.
Vreemde talen.
Description viii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Copyright Date [1964]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-201) and index.
Summary Since its original publication in 1968, Rivers's comprehensive and practical text has become a standard reference for both student teachers and veteran instructors. All who wish to draw from the most recent thinking in the field will welcome this new edition. Methodology is appraised, followed up by discussions on such matters as keeping students of differing abilities active, evaluating textbooks, using language labs creatively, and preparing effective exercises and drills. The author ends each chapter of this new edition with questions for research and discussion -- a useful classroom tool -- and provides an up-to-date bibliography that facilitates further understanding of such matters as the bilingual classroom.
Contents I. Introduction --- II. The audio-lingual method described --- III. Major assumptions about language learning of the audio-lingual method --- IV. Some viewpoints on what language is --- V. Assumption 1: foreign-language learning is basically a mechanical process of habit formation --- VI. Two levels of language --- VII. Corollary 1: habits are strengthened by reinforcement --- VIII. Corollary 2: foreign-language habits are formed most effectively by giving the right response, not by making mistakes --- IX. "Language is 'behavior' and ... behavior can be learned only by inducing the student to 'behave'" --- X. Assumption 2: language skills are learned more effectively if items of the foreign language are presented in spoken form before written form --- Assumption 3: Analogy provides a better foundation for foreign-language learning than analysis --- XII. Assumption 4: the meaning which the words of a language have for the native speaker can be learned only in a matrix of allusions to the culture of the people who speak that language --- XIII. For the practical teacher: recommendations.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)312477
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