S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Foreign Language Education Research Institute (외국어교육연구소) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research) vol.05 (2002)
초등영어교육: 이론과 현실의 재조명
Elementary School English Teaching: Its Theory and Reality Revisited
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- 서울대학교 외국어교육연구소
- 외국어교육연구, Vol.5, pp. 1-11
- English language teaching in elementary school was proposed and is now in practice on the basis of the Critical Period Hypothesis which is also theoretically supported by innatists who argue that UG begins attrition around puberty and that language acquisition becomes increasingly difficult beyond this period. This was proved true of first language acquisition and naturalistic SLA, but no evidence has been known about instructed second language learning in formal education. Elementary school EL T is supported by some parents who wish their children to learn this world language effectively, but the educational environment is far from utilizing the learners' UG: few teachers are capable of providing authentic input, so the learners depend on their general intelligence and learning strategy rather than UG. It is suggested that high school age is optimum for utilizing learners' motivation, intelligence, and learning strategy.