Behavioural language teaching

Using the natural language environment

Susan Colmar, Kevin Wheldall

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Abstract

This paper argues for a new behavioural model of language facilitation. Current behavioural language programmes are critically analysed in terms of their poor generalizability to the natural language environment. More cognitively oriented developmental language research is cited as providing a relevant data base upon which to build behavioural language facilitation procedures. Such methods, which exploit the natural language environ ment and which emphasize child-initiated conversations, are more likely to facilitate appropriate language use which, in turn, is more likely to generalize. Practical examples of such methods are described. Finally, tentative implications of this for a behavioural theory of language teaching are proposed for consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-216
Number of pages18
JournalChild Language Teaching and Therapy
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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