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ERIC Number: ED011651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 1
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A CLASSROOM INNOVATION--CONTRACTS AND SELF-PACED INSTRUCTION IN CHINESE.
NATHAN, NORMAN
A GROUP OF 35 HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR COLLEGE STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN AN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM OF SELF-PACED INSTRUCTION IN CHINESE, FOR WHICH THEY EARNED THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE SEMESTER'S CREDIT. THE INSTRUCTOR MADE "CONTRACTS" WITH EACH STUDENT, WHEREBY THE STUDENT WAS GIVEN A CERTAIN TASK USEFUL TO HIS LEARNING CHINESE. ALL TASKS CENTERED AROUND AUDIOLINGUAL AND GRAMMAR-TRANSLATION TRADITIONS. AT FIRST, THE STUDENTS PROGRESSED SO RAPIDLY THAT THEY QUICKLY EXHAUSTED THE SUPPLY OF MATERIALS AVAILABLE. THE CLASSES AS GROUPS COVERED MORE MATERIAL WITH BETTER PERFORMANCE THAN WITH THE PREVIOUSLY USED WHOLE-GROUP MODE OF TEACHING, AND EVENTUALLY SOME STUDENTS REACHED LEVELS OF ENRICHED INSTRUCTION. THE INSTRUCTOR FELT THAT HE HAD A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF INDIVIDUALS' CAPABILITIES AND THAT COMPRESSING LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT HURTING THE CURRICULUM. THE AUTHOR DESCRIBED THE TEXTS USED AND GAVE EXAMPLES OF TASKS ASSIGNED TO THE STUDENTS. THIS REPORT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE "JOURNAL OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION," VOLUME 1, 1966. (FB)
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Identifiers: California (Pasadena)