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Teaching other languages (Educational Practices 20)

Being able to use other languages is an essential tool for the modern world. Mass communication has brought all peoples into closer contact, but it has not eliminated the need to be able to talk to others in their language and on their cultural terms. The old notions of language as a school subject that had to be taught by a teacher and tested by an examination are no longer true. Language teaching in earlier times emphasized grammatical form and accuracy of spelling and pronunciation.

A newer view places the emphasis on what learners can accomplish with the language they are learning and puts cultural practice and cultural values in the middle of language teaching by focusing on the individual’s interest in using another language.

This booklet is about teaching students languages other than their first or primary language. It focuses on aspects of language learning and instruction that are universal and the practices presented here are likely to be generally applicable.

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