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Title: Talking to Yourself: The Role of the Inner Voice in Language Learning
Authors: Tomlinson, B. 
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Tomlinson, B. (2000). Talking to Yourself: The Role of the Inner Voice in Language Learning. Applied Language Learning 11 (1) : 123-154. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This article stresses the importance of the inner voice in second language (L2) learning &, in particular, its potentially valuable role in interaction with sensory images & affective impulses in creating mental representations of the world. Without an effective inner voice, it is very difficult to initiate ideas, develop thought, be creative, & respond intelligently to discourse, plan, control feelings, solve problems, or develop self-esteem. Without an effective inner voice, it is also difficult to develop an effective public voice. In learning a native language (L1), the inner voice develops naturally at the same time as the external voice. However, in learning an L2 formally, the emphasis is often on the immediate development of an external voice. Many learners fail to develop an effective L2 inner voice & are therefore handicapped in their attempt to understand & produce the L2 intelligently & creatively. The article outlines the characteristics & functions of the L1 inner voice by reference to a corpus of inner voice utterances collected from the author's self-introspection & from an experiment conducted with first language speakers of English at the National U of Singapore. It refers to experiments indicating that learners make little use of their L2 inner voice; it describes how they are handicapped by their lack of an effective L2 inner voice; & it suggests approaches & activities which can help learners to start developing effective L2 inner voices as soon they start to learn the L2.
Source Title: Applied Language Learning
ISSN: 10416791
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