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Kees de Bot
Szilvia Bátyi


Teachers have known for a long time that language learners differ and that a one-size-fits-all does not exist. Still in the days of structuralism, language and its users were seen as being a “thing” to be learned and taught, and since the goal of the learning was the same for all learners—proficiency in the language—the road to that goal should be uniform as well. Language was seen as a set of structures that had to be mastered, and this led to the audio-lingual method in which learners had to drill patterns and make no mistakes, since mistakes could be engrained as good as correct patterns. It was argued that the audiolingual method allowed for individual variation, since learners could choose their own goals and repeat parts of the curriculum on their own.


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de Bot, K., & Bátyi, S. (2017). Editorial. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 7(1), 13-17. https://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.2017.7.1.1
Author Biographies

Kees de Bot, University of Pannonia, Veszprém


Kees de Bot got his PhD from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. His interests range from bilingual processing to language attrition and language development over the lifespan, language and aging and circadian rhythm in language learning. His main research topic now is what counts as evidence in applied linguistics. He has published in the main leading journals in the field of applied linguistics and published a book on the history of applied linguistics with Routledge in 2015. He recently retired from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and is now working at the University of Pannonia in Hungary.

Szilvia Bátyi, University of Pannonia, Veszprém


Szilvia Bátyi got her PhD from the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary in 2011, and in 2012 she joined the academic staff of the Department of Applied Linguistics at the same university where she works as an Assistant Professor. She participated in several projects, edited books and volumes, attended and organised international conferences and teaches at the BA, MA and PhD levels. Her research interests include bi- and multilingualism, linguistic landscape and language attrition.


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