ESL Term:

Teach What is Teachable

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teach what is teachable: In this view of teaching, some things can be taught, but only if the learner is ready for them. Proponents of this view argue that there are natural stages of development. Some linguistic points have to be taught in sequence and some linguistic points can be taught at any time.  In this view, error correction is only useful if the student is ready for it.