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ERIC Number: ED011176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 14
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RUSSIAN TEACHING--IT DOESN'T HAVE TO END BADLY.
WALKER, CLAIRE
TWO CONSIDERATIONS ARE STILL BASIC IN TEACHING RUSSIAN. FIRST A STUDENT MUST ACQUIRE A REALISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE TASK INVOLVED IN LEARNING RUSSIAN AND MUST ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPLYING HIMSELF TOWARD KNOWN OBJECTIVES RATHER THAN MERELY PUTTING IN TIME. IF A STUDENT IS TO HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF HIS GOALS HE COULD BE TOLD THAT ABOUT 1,000 CONTACT HOURS OF LISTENING AND SPEAKING IN RUSSIAN ARE NECESSARY FOR ACHIEVING A MEASURE OF COMMUNICATIVE SKILL. SECONDLY, A STUDENT MUST BE ABLE TO FEEL HIS PROGRESS AND ENJOY THE PROCESS, IF HE IS TO PUT IN THE NECESSARY, PROTRACTED EFFORT FOR MASTERY. HE MUST BE ABLE TO SEE THAT THE NUMBER OF SITUATIONS WITH WHICH HE IS ABLE TO COPE GRADUALLY INCREASES, AS DOES THE TIME HE IS ABLE TO SUSTAIN COMMUNICATION, AND THAT HE IS MAKING PROGRESS IN ACQUIRING THE 300-WORD VOCABULARY THAT IS BECOMING ACCEPTED AS AN ADEQUATE BASE. FOR THESE GOALS, HOWEVER, TEACHERS NEED BETTER MATERIALS THAN THOSE NOW AVAILABLE, ESPECIALLY TEXTBOOKS AND SELF-GRADED VOCABULARY TESTS. MOREOVER, FOR EMPHASIS ON ENJOYMENT, CLASS TIME SHOULD BE FOUND FOR PLAYING GAMES THAT WILL PERMIT A RELAXED USE OF THE LANGUAGE. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "THE SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN JOURNAL," VOLUME 10, NUMBER 3, FALL 1966. (AUTHOR)
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