Constructivist Grammatical Learning: A Proposal for Advanced Grammatical Analysis for College Foreign Language Students
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 470–487, Fall 2010
How to Cite
Mojica-Díaz, C. C. and Sánchez-López, L. (2010), Constructivist Grammatical Learning: A Proposal for Advanced Grammatical Analysis for College Foreign Language Students. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 470–487. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01093.x
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
- advanced learning;
- authentic texts;
- foreign language instruction;
- grammatical analysis
Abstract: The teaching of foreign language advanced grammar (AG) at the college level nowadays continues largely to focus on form, with little attention to its functions and meanings. The practice agrees with neither the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards, 2006) nor the advances made in basic language teaching pertaining to the communicative purpose and context of language. Since both second language acquisition and pedagogical research demand more attention to contextual use, as well as the active participation of the student in the analysis of the forms, a revision of current practices becomes necessary. This article proposes the study of AG based on the use of unabridged authentic texts and the application of a Constructivist Grammatical Learning Approach.