Firstly the analysis of Language was becoming increasingly prominent and structural linguistics was seen as the best way forward after grammatical analysis had been under heavy scrutiny in western culture due to its inaccuracy in language acquisition within a real life context where the learner would put the language into a direct use in a different country. Other important factors responsible for the rise of structural linguistics were the increase of interest in countries with unique grammatical structures and phonetic languages, as well as a growing popularity in the idea of empiricism. Due to this interest in foreign grammatical structure, it was decided to document natural foreign language and analyse it phonetically first so that the separate sounds could be categorised and then the phonemic meaning was sought out to understand the overall language pattern. The reason for this documenting was to preserve the language of native American tribes before they disappeared due to America's fast development and urbanisation.
Alongside the rise of structural linguistics as a language usage was the increase in interest in the behavi...
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... theory of audio based language learning and learning a language based on a real life context.
Techniques and principles in language teaching (freeman 2nd edition) (2000) OUP
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