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Teaching Theory Terminology Quiz

A TEFL quiz for TEFL teachers

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests terms in the TEFL Glossary related to theories of language teaching.

1. Which theory stresses the importance of integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening?

additive model
comprehensible output
whole language
a) additive model b) comprehensible output c) whole language

2. Some theorists recommend a period of time they call a _______ in the initial phase of learning in which learners should focus on understanding rather than responding.

silent period
critical period
preparation time
a) silent period b) critical period c) preparation time

3. Some theorists suggest there is a certain time early in a learner's life called the _______ when language acquisition can fully occur.

silent period
critical period
preparation time
a) silent period b) critical period c) preparation time

4. The practice of _______ is based on the theory that placing L2 students in a class with L1 students helps them to learn as much as possible.

affiliation
submersion
assimilating
a) affiliation b) submersion c) assimilating

5. Some theorists believe teachers should be taught how to create _______, or the sense of being part of a community within the classroom.

affiliation
submersion
assimilating
a) affiliation b) submersion c) assimilating

6. Some theorists stress a type of learning called _______ in which explanations and concepts play a central role.

affiliation
submersion
assimilating
a) affiliation b) submersion c) assimilating

7. Which is often described as "language used to talk about language"?

whole language
metalanguage
target language
a) whole language b) metalanguage c) target language

8. The theory that language proficiency relies on the acquisition of the first and second language is called the

inductive theory
submersion theory
additive model
a) inductive theory b) submersion theory c) additive model

9. The theory that language learning occurs when people attempt and fail to communicate and are forced to try again is called

comprehensible output
comprehensible input
communicative approach
a) comprehensible output b) comprehensible input c) communicative approach

10. The theory that language learners only acquire a language if they basically understand what the teacher is saying or presenting is called

comprehensible output
comprehensible input
communicative approach
a) comprehensible output b) comprehensible input c) communicative approach

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