Facilitating language learning

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This paper discusses from a theoretical and conceptual perspective how generative linguistics can be useful to language teaching and learning. Proper interpretation of the generative theoretical underpinnings, as well as better understanding of the generative conceptions about language and linguistic competence, and of relevant research results can help us better appreciate what it takes to acquire competence in a language. Well-informed decisions can be made on effective language teaching methodologies and materials, thereby facilitating language learning and generating success for learners. Applications of relevant concepts and principles are demonstrated by concrete examples that can be incorporated into lesson designs for the instruction of Chinese to English speakers.


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