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ERIC Number: ED011180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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COUNTER-REVOLUTION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING.
HOCKING, ELTON
THE AUTHOR STATES THAT THE AUDIOLINGUAL REVOLUTION IS BEING SUBJECTED TO A COUNTER-REVOLUTION IS APPARENT IN SUCH RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AS THE 1966 NORTHEAST CONFERENCE, WHEN CARROLL, FERGUSON, AND CHOMSKY DENIED THAT PSYCHOLOGY AND LINGUISTICS PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT FOR AUDIOLINGUAL TEACHING, THE WRITINGS OF RIVERS, HAYES, BELASCO, AND VALDMAN WHO HAVE CRITICIZED SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF THE THEORY AND PRACTICE, AND THE MANY ARTICLES THAT HAVE QUESTIONED THE VALUE OF THE LANGUAGE LABORATORY. INCREASING CONCERN WITH READING, AS SUCH, THREATENS TO SHORTEN THE TIME DEVOTED TO AUDIOLINGUAL TRAINING. CONVERSELY, SWEET AND DEWITT (FOR LATIN), AND ESPECIALLY THE LATE GEORGE SCHERER (FOR GERMAN) HAVE INCREASINGLY URGED THAT "DIRECT READING" (WITHOUT COVERT TRANSLATION) CAN DEVELOP ONLY FROM AUDIOLINGUAL SKILLS. SCHERER'S THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SLOWLY PROGRESSIVE AND "PROGRAMED" AUDIOLINGUAL READING IS BECOMING INFLUENTIAL. A STRONG COUNTER-INFLUENCE IS EXERTED BY THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM, WHOSE EMPHASIS ON BELLES-LETTRES EXTENDS DOWNWARD AND SIDEWISE, INVOLVING MANY STUDENTS NOT IN THE PROGRAM. SOME PHILOSOPHERS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SUCH AS BARZUN AND BELL, OBJECT TO THE PROGRAM ITSELF AS INIMICAL TO LIBERAL EDUCATION. CALIFORNIA'S MANDATED 3-YEAR REQUIREMENT PROVIDES A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO VALIDATE AUDIOLINGUAL LEARNING AND TO BRING FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. THIS VENTURE WILL BE AIDED BY THE NEW AUDIOVISUAL RESOURCES FROM ABROAD, AND BY RECENT "COMBINES" OF AMERICAN ELECTRONICS FIRMS AND PUBLISHING HOUSES. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "FOREIGN LANGUAGE NEWSLETTER," VOLUME 15, NUMBER 59, DECEMBER 1966 AND WAS AN ADDRESS TO THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (SAN RAFAEL, NOVEMBER 5, 1966). (AUTHOR)
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Identifiers: California (San Rafael)