Language is a natural, biological process Based on the work on Chomsky and Universal Grammar All children are born with a Language Acquisition Device (LAD) that allows them to produce and understand language (Chomsky 2008).
Emphasis on learner interactions and social aspect of language. Reflected in the work of Vygotsky. Second language acquisition occurs through interactions between the learner, teacher, and peers. Uses error analysis to promote SLA.
Some brain researchers in the field of SLA believe that there is a “critical period” for language learning. Children ages 2-12 can most effectively learn a language due to brain development during this time. Most researchers agree that when it comes to language learning, earlier is better; the critical period can limit L1 and L2 acquisition (Lenneburg 1967).
Language Similarities and differences between L1 and L2 L1 proficiency L2 knowledge Learner Classroom environment Home environment Learning Process Learning styles Cultural influences Interactions (Walqui 2000)
Remember to consider every child as an individual…No two students are alike! To motivate students, center instruction around their likes and interests. Create an environment rich in pictures, hands- on materials, and realia.
The Interactionist theory is most effective. My students learn best through meaningful conversations with their teachers and peers. In addition, my students benefit from error analysis and error correction. My students learn from the social interactions that occur in their learning environment.
I believe that the Interactionist theory is most effective and most evident in my teaching. I value the social interactions of my students, and believe that they learn from them. I encourage peer interaction in my learning environment.
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