17976Re: (teach) Re: Simplification
- Oct 13, 2013What Nelson Bank proposes is a return to the grammar/translation methodology that went out of style decades ago. One of the reasons it was replaced by the communicative approach is that it chains a concept in the native language to one in the target language. Ask the student a question in the target language. He will translate it internally to the equivalent in his native language, formulate a response, translate the response into the target language, and then answer the question: four steps instead instead of one. In S->R bond theory: that's S->MR->MR->MR->R instead of S->R. Duh!
What's more, no concept pod in any language is a direct replica of any concept pod in any other occupation. Take as simple a concept as mother/mere (using the French). How do you Francophones translate mother lode, mother tongue, motherland... Come to think of it, even concept pods in two speakers of the same language won't be the the same since my mother wasn't your mother.
How does one teach a foreign language using the communicative methodology? One works from the known to the unknown, always circling back to the known in a constantly expanding spiral. One uses paralinguistics to help build concept pods: tone, gestures, expressions...
Mert - Dr. Merton L. Bland, Arlington, VA, USA
< curriculum for the whole semester>>
some assurance of progresswhat is your
It's something that
incorporates buy-in. It's a vocabulary-based
methodology. Students choose the words, in Mandarin,
that they want to know in English. Each student in the
class chooses one, or two, or more words depending on how
large the class is. The class lexicon is assembled,
and students hit the dictionary, with teacher facilitation
(for homonym checking). That's the vocabulary for
the term (2 weeks, 6 weeks, semester).Words are transcribed into
phonemic notation, using a simplified phonemic alphabet.
That's the fun part of the whole process. As
long as the alphabet has
less than 40 characters, the exercise is challenging and
engrossing.Then simplified grammar,
filling in the slots with the class-generated lexicon, then
conversation.It's best for Primary and
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