Foreign language teaching at the heart of several disciplines

Leila Najeh

Abstract


For sociolinguists, language is one of the most important forms of human contact, it is well defined as is a social phenomenon, and it is subject to changes and development only in the environment of its users. However; for psycholinguistics language is instantiated in the mind, therefore; language can be regarded as a mental phenomenon, that is why psychological and mental problems like (language anxiety, disorder, delayed language development) implicated language in psychology.

            Therefore, whenever foreign language teaching, is broadly discussed, different areas of knowledge intersect. Scholars realize that linguistics is not the only area in which a language teacher should be trained. The importance of psychology and sociology as well as more training in pedagogy is being recognized. A significant contribution to the literature is works that document the of different areas of research, mainly linguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, psychology, and psycholinguistics on FLL researches(Gardner, 1985; Gass & Schachter,1989; Lopéz,1990; Hakuta, 1994; Davis,1995 Bialystok, Williams & Burden,2010). This paper considers some ways in which different disciplines, mainly sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, pedagogy, didactics, educational psychology ……. can interface with FLT/FLL researchers, to get a holistic view of FLT/FFT and to afford an ‘ideal’ teaching method that covers all sides of language.


Keywords


foreign language teaching, multidisciplanry, interdisciplinary, trandisciplanary

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