Second Language Acquisition (SLA) studies provide evidence that comprehension activities that involve meaningful language production and communication promote language acquisition more effectively than mechanical drills. Recent studies review the state of foreign language textbooks and demonstrate that the majority of foreign language textbooks do not follow SLA research. This article provides ways that a second language instructor can use a traditional text to help lead to meaningful language instruction.
The author is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Tampa. The author's area of study is communicative language teaching, textbook review, and material design.
DeMil, Andrew J.
"Making your traditional text work: Input, Scaffolding and Communication,"
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