S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 15 Number 1/2 (1979)
Immediacy의 개념과 외국어교육 : The Concept of lmmediacy and Foreign-Language Education With Special Reference to EFL in Korea
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.15 No.2, pp. 141-154
- The present paper explores the concept of immediacy as it relates to language use in general and foreign language education in particular. As such, it opens with a general discussion of the concept, which is informally definable as the distance, physical or otherwise, between language and its learner-user.
This is followed by a more specific discussion, in the course of which a distinction is made between the immediacy of awareness and the immediacy of relevance, between teacher- and learner-centered immediacy, and between absolute and relative immediacy. Each of these types of immediacy is illustrated with examples from English and/ or TEFL.
In the main chapter, which is Chapter 3, the suggestion is made that the concept of immediacy can find applications in various aspects of language education, especially foreign language education. For one thing, it is argued that the concept can be instrumental in further refining the presently available statistical technique of vocabulary control. For another, it is claimed that the concept throws considerable light on the types and characteristics of errors that occur in the process of language acquisition.