Assumptions Regarding Language Learning and Teaching in the Classroom
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In this paper, the author touches upon some basic considerations that seem to require deliberation in order to approach the task of teaching a second language in the classroom setting in a meaningful way. What is it that we are teaching? How is that which we are teaching learned? What are the roles of the teacher and the student in the language learning classroom? How can the different aspects of language, i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking be synthesized to further the language learning process? And lastly, while not exhaustive by any means, the purpose of this paper is to assist in focusing on approaches to language teaching and it is hoped that it will lend insight to others with the same concerns.