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ERIC Number: ED010468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Jul
Pages: 102
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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EXPERIMENT IN DETERMINING CULTURAL CONTENT AND SURVEY OF LANGUAGE-TEACHING RESEARCH. FINAL REPORT.
NOSTRAND, HOWARD L.
A TWO-PART STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO (1) PRETEST A SURVEY INSTRUMENT DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY THOSE ASPECTS OF A PARTICULAR FOREIGN CULTURE THAT MOST NEED TO BE EXPLAINED TO LEARNERS (FOR EXAMPLE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNERS), AND (2) UPDATE A PREVIOUSLY PREPARED, ANNOTATED, INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY ON LANGUAGE-TEACHING RESEARCH. A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS ADMINISTERED IN PART 1 TO AMERICANS LIVING IN FRANCE. THE INSTRUMENT ELICITED RESPONSES SHOWING HOW THESE AMERICANS GENERALLY VIEWED THE FRENCH PEOPLE AND SOME OF THE TROUBLESOME ASPECTS OF THEIR CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS. IN ADDITION, MANY RESPONDENTS WERE INTERVIEWED TO OBTAIN ANSWERS ON ITEMS OF DETAIL. GATHERED DATA WERE COLLATED INTO CATEGORIES--(1) THE ELEMENTS OF FRENCH CULTURE WHICH ARE DIFFICULT FOR AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND, (2) PERSONAL INCIDENTS THAT APPEARED TO BE CRUCIAL TO ADJUSTMENT TO FRENCH LIFE, AND (3) PERSONAL PERCEPTIONS OF VARIOUS DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FRENCH AND AMERICAN LIFE. DATA WERE ANALYZED, AND FINDINGS INDICATED AREAS OF COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO MISUNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TWO WAYS OF LIFE. PART 2 OF THE STUDY BROADENED THE SCOPE OF AN EXISTING LANGUAGE-TEACHING RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY (PREVIOUSLY COVERING THE TIME PERIOD 1945-61) TO INCLUDE RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHED UP TO 1964. THE UPDATED VERSION CONTAINED 891 ENTRIES. (THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, ITSELF, IS NOT INCLUDED AS PART OF THIS REPORT.) (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Identifiers: Washington (Seattle)