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Who Needs Applied Linguistics? Wilson, TESL-EJ 1996

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Wilson: "a perceivable gap exists between theory and practice in language teaching which is not so prominent in other professions. Teachers prefer to rely on 'practical experience' as the impetus behind pedagogic convictions. Applied linguists and their hypotheses are regarded as overtheoretical cat's cradles. Do teachers need to study applied linguistics?"

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Some really thought-provoking discussion about practice vs theory in language teaching and research:

 

"The fact that human languages are so amorphous in their 'lebenswelt' is not readily appreciated by critics of applied linguistics.

Joining the public, they would prefer language teaching (along with languages) to be a compact activity which can be studied and comprehended as a componential system, resembling say, an exploded diagram from a car maintenance manual. Such notions represent more suspect notions about what language teaching should be (which ought to be dispelled in the first year of any course in TEFL or applied linguistics). Nevertheless, such critics would prefer to envisage languages and learners as essentially machine-like with vocabulary and grammar rules which govern their expressive acts. It takes a long time to convince them that human communication does not work that way. It takes even longer to convince them they should read extensively about how it might. Thus the thoughtful language teacher confronts popular conceptions which seek to oversimplify a complex task. This situation is neither appreciated nor imagined by the inhabitants of the ivory tower of applied linguistics."

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Proof readers wanted for Blogging in ELT eBook

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I’ve finally finished the first draft of my ebook [on Blogging in ELT] and I’d love some feedback from people on both spelling, grammar, and content feedback. It’s 16,443 words long and has three sections and an appendix,

What have blogs ever done for usSetting upHow to blogAppendix

I could easily keep writing and turn it into a 25,000+ eBook but I think it is better to get some feedback now and see what people think and if there are any sections that people would really like or really don’t like.

 

If you have the time and are interested then please use the contact form bellow and I’ll send you a copy. (oh as an extra incentive i’ll send you the final draft for free as well when it’s finished.)

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