The “Bimodal” Aspect of Proficiency-Oriented Instruction


  • Lucille Izzo Pallotta

    1. Onondaga Community College
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      Lucille Izzo Pallotta (M.A. in French, Syracuse University; M.A. in Italian, Syracuse University) is Assistant Professor of French and Italian at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.


ABSTRACT  Neurolinguists have recently demonstrated that language learning is a multifaceted process which activates simultaneously the modes of perception of the left and right cerebral hemispheres. Current brain research therefore points to the need for “bimodal” foreign language instruction - that is, eclectic pedagogical practices which stimulate in tandem the brain's two hemispheres. This paper evaluates the “bimodality” of the theoretical model accepted by advocates of proficiency-oriented instruction and recommends that further research be conducted to ascertain the effects on student proficiency of a “bimodal” pedagogical approach.