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Title: Pedagogy and Second Language Learning: Lessons learned from intensive French
Author: Joan Netten
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Institution: Memorial University
Author: Claude Germain
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Institution: Université du Québec à Montréal
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Through research and classroom observation undertaken while conceptualizing and implementing the Intensive French program in Canada, many new insights were gained into the development of communication skills in a classroom situation. Five lessons learned about the development of spontaneous oral communication are presented in this article: the ineffectiveness of primary core French; the minimum number of intensive hours necessary to develop spontaneous oral communication; the need to develop implicit competence rather than explicit knowledge; the distinction between accuracy as knowledge and accuracy as skill; and the importance of the teaching strategies focussing on language use. These lessons have implications for our understanding of how oral competence in an L2 is developed and for the improvement of communicative language pedagogy.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, No. 8.2, 183-210


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