Basing his arguments on the developments in theoretical linguistics as well as his own experience in teaching and research, the author proposes a model of learning which could resolve differences which have for centuries divided thinkers in philosophy and linguistics, between extreme and modified views of the way that language and thought interact, one determining the other; and in language teaching between proponents of contending methodologies. He shows that such distinctions as those between language learners and language users, first language learners and foreign language learners are misleading.
Table of Contents
1. Language and Language Learning – A Perspective 2. Recent Developments – Structural Linguistics and Behaviourism 3. Audio-visual and Audio-lingual Language Teaching 4. Teaching Aids – An Operational Analysis 5. Regional and Other Languages 6. Linguistic Theory and the Model of Learning 7. Language Learning and Language Teaching 8. The Importance of Error 9. Language Teaching Materials 10. Linguistics and the Teaching of Literature 11. Future Developments