We are all language teachers/learners

The article provided involves a discussion of how language is acquired, discussing the nativist vs. behaviorist viewpoints.  On the one hand nativist theories related to language acquisition claim that language is instantaneous once a ‘language acquisition device’ is accessed.  Behaviorists on the other hand argue that nurture is a big part of language acquisition.  Regardless of which side of the fence you may reside in regards to this discussion, it is important to stay as informed as possible when it comes to language acquisition as we are all language teachers to some extent, particularly in international schools, regardless of our subject matter.  For aspiring leaders and those in school leadership positions cultivation of the ability to relate to language teachers/learners on their journeys and provide them hope with authentic and timely assessments is a big-picture goal.

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