2006 | 1 | 149-160
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Linguistics and language teaching at school

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Language teaching at school is closely connected with linguistics. Language teaching benefits from both classical and new linguistics fields but it is not their simplified version. It realises its own educational goals. It has its own subject which main interest lies in language activities. Its theoretical basis is formed not only by linguistic studies but also by pedagogy and psychology. The transformation of science into teaching takes place in the language didactics, in theoretical and practical dimensions. Linguists, methodologists and teachers participate in the process. They may help to solve a problem that is formulated as 'school does not keep up with science', the problem that in fact results from different ways of development of school and science. The main frame of the transformation is a educational adaptation of theoretical and practical language knowledge. There are fundamental problems that should be considered when shaping optimal relation between linguistics and language teaching, such as: the way grammar teaching exists at school, pluralism of theories, methods of development of linguistic skills, place and scope of linguistic knowledge as a part of teacher's competence. Good education is an up-to-date education, basing on the newest achievements of linguistic and pedagogic sciences and ready to confront them with life.
  • J. Kowalikowa, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Wydzial Polonistyki, ul. Golebia 20, 31-007 Kraków, Poland
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