Article published in:ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Vol. 47 (1980) ► pp. 15–27
Focal Words and the Recovery of Sentence Meaning
In listening and reading, the foreign language learner must be able to process a tremendous amount of information in a short time. In order to do this, he must develop a strategy for choosing those items that help in recovering that information. One way of doing this is to concentrate on focal words: words containing key elements of meaning in the sentence. These words may then be used - in speech and writing - to reconstruct the original message. This paper explores the relationship of focel words to other sentence elements and describes various focal word exercises for listening and reading.
Published online: 01 January 1980