Language Teaching: The Principles Of Language Learning

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Language is a means of Verbal Communication whereby we express our feelings, ideas, experiences & realizations. It can be compared to a Prism which reflects the innumerable shades of human life. Humans stand apart from animals in their capability to use language as a means to express themselves. Language & life are inter-related. In the current scenario we cannot imagine ourselves living or surviving without being able to communicate. Thus Language becomes a distinct entity- a living phenomena wherein thoughts & feelings are shaped.
Language teaching implies three things: language, teaching & learning. The main objective of language teaching is to make way for smooth language learning. It is a simple yet complicated process to facilitate learning
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2.3 Learners not being able to express themselves: Very often the learner cannot find adequate words to express him/her self. This results in frustration & a feeling of inferiority complex gripping his mind & his personality.
3. The Principles of Language Learning
An effective English teacher understands all the problems faced by a learner during his tryst with the English Language. S/he has to adhere to certain principles in order to make the learner come out of his shell & interact freely. Broadly speaking, these principles are enumerated as under:
3.1 Principle of Habit Formation: Language teaching is an art. Like all other arts it needs regular practice & drill. The Language skills are acquired through a proper teaching of theory. But more than theory, the practical part has a great role to play. The steps taken by the English teacher in the class needs to be followed by the learner’s practice activities. According to H.E.Palmer:
“Language learning is essentially a habit forming process, a process during which we acquire new habits.”(Palmer: The Principle of Language
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