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August 26, 2005

Input vs output in the classroom

In his regular Indirectly Speaking column in the Daily Yomiuri today, Mike Guest looks at the theme of input-output in the classroom. He examines the idea, commonly held in Japan, that students have already "been fed enough 'input' but are weak in interactive skills only because they haven't had enough chances to practice them." He points out that in many cases the quality of this input is not very meaningful and often hardly even qualifies as language input. It is then followed by an over-emphasis on output, with students often simply end up repeating the same mistakes over and over. What is needed, says Guest, is "massive amounts of...comprehensible, meaningful, interesting and extended input."
Indirectly Speaking: Input vs output in the classroom (link will expire)
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