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March 11, 2005

Principle of Language Skill Transfer

In his latest Practical Linguist column in today's Daily Yomiuri, Marshall R. Childs looks at what he calls the "transfer principle." This is the idea that developing strength in one language skill (reading, writing, speaking, listening) leads to an improvement in the other areas. He cites examples such as a young Japanese student who made great strides in all aspects of his English as a result of forcing himself to translate a guidebook using a dictionary. He also discusses the neurological background to how the brain uses overlapping networks to process different but interconnected aspects of language, and the compensatory skills developed by deaf or blind people.
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