Using Language in the Community for Enhancing

Ray, Shefali (2012) Using Language in the Community for Enhancing. Language and Language Teaching, 1 (1). pp. 12-17. ISSN 2277-307X

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Language is something that distinguishes humans from animals and all humans are biologically programmed to gain knowledge with language as the catalyst. Nativists such as Noam Chomsky proposed that all humans have a language acquisition device which contains knowledge of the grammatical rules common to all languages (Shaffer, Wood, & Willoughby, 2002, pp.391-394). Language acquisition is therefore a subconscious process and the person is not consciously aware of the grammatical rules of the language he or she is acquiring. The focus is on understanding the language one encounters, or enabling one’s audience to understand what one means.An individual receives ‘comprehensible input’from the environment, which is easy to interpret due to the accompanying contextual and nonlinguistic cues and also because it is in a ‘low stress’situation. The language that we acquire, be it in the form of new vocabulary or new expressions, is therefore always a little

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Ray, Shefali
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Reading and writing, Language teaching, Language learning
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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Note: : Published twice a year in January and July, Language and Language Teaching (LLT) reaches out to language teachers, researchers and teacher educators on issues and practices relevant to language teaching. The primary focus of the publication is language pedagogy in elementary schools. LLT proposes to establish a dialogue between theory and practice so that practice contributes to theory as much as theory informs practice. The purpose is to make new ideas and insights from research on language and its pedagogy accessible to practitioners while at the same time inform theorists about the constraints of implementation of new ideas.
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