Depending upon the target learners, the purpose of teaching a foreign language varies. It can be explicit, as in teaching military cadets, astronauts, Red Cross volunteers, or wide-ranging, as in teaching high school students, Intermediate learners or students of Arts and Education. Specific purposes have so much been emphasised that the wide-ranging purpose is eclipsed. The framework of Richards and Rodgers and Anthony, Scientific Linguistics of Leonard Bloomfield, and the behavioral and cognitive approach of several linguists have done much to devise techniques for teaching a foreign language for specific purposes. However, when these theories and techniques are considered for wide-ranging purposes, they prove to be of little significance. This paper aims to explore the socio-ethno-linguistics, the use of imagery-building, and stimulated imagination in the target language for effective use of universal grammar', thereby making them an effective tool in language learning. The universal lingual consciousness needs a method beyond method to overcome poverty of stimulus. Pedagogic techniques prescribed in popular approaches are encumbered with methods, which are useful in a context.
Wali Omer, Hawler Medical University, Iraq
Stream: Technology in the Classroom
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