Language Teaching Standards at the Center of Opposite Language Teaching Theories: Mentalism vs. Behaviorism

Leila Najeh


Broadly speaking, teaching standards outline a holistic view of language teaching on the grounds that foreign language teaching is not like other school subjects. It serves multi-tasks

(i) communicating ideas, developing understanding, cementing social interaction, and so on, it encompasses human knowledge. In short, it is the doorway to wisdom.

The paper has attempted to shed the light on the implications of some language learning theories in language teaching standards.

It is very plain that mentalism and behaviorism are two dominating orthodoxies in foreign language learning surveys. The direct requirement of this premise is that language teaching standards have either mentalism or behaviorism underpinnings.

My concern in this paper is to show that despite the seeming discrepancy between these orthodoxies, they have a consensus that foreign language teaching revolves around five axes, conceived as standards, and called the 5 Cs: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.



Language teaching standards, mentalism, behaviorism, foreign language learning theories.

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