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    Re: Desriptive & prescriptive approaches the relevance to language teaching

    Quote Originally Posted by Melancholy View Post
    more question,,
    What do you undertand by descriptive and prescriptive approaches?

    Is prescriptive approach merely involved with 'Grammar'?

    please Dicuss
    Let's start at the very basic level.

    A descriptivist approach deals with describing language as it exists. It involves cataloguing all kinds of language use, from the young and the old, the rich and the poor, urban and rural, formal and informal, etc.

    A prescriptivist approach deals with norms and standards. It lays down a set of rules that delineate the standard version of a language.

    Both approaches are important, IMO. And they are not necessarily in conflict. In the ideal world, a descriptivist understands that a legal contract must be precise, and that the language used is extremely important. Also, in the ideal world, a prescriptivist understands that the language used in court is not exactly the same language used in pubs.

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    Re: Desriptive & prescriptive approaches the relevance to language teaching

    Thank you for your explaination

    if you are a teacher of EFL what approach you will use to teach your learner?

    please have me some more idea

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