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ERIC Number: ED013449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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CLASSROOM EXPERIMENT TO MEASURE THE RELATIVE EFFICIENCY OF TWO DIFFERENT LINGUISTIC MODELS IN THEIR APPLICATION TO THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
WOHL, MILTON
THIS STUDY, CONDUCTED IN QUITO, EQUADOR FROM MAY THROUGH JULY, 1966, WAS DESIGNED TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING TRANSFORMATIONAL CONCEPTS, SYMBOLS, AND TERMINOLOGY DIRECTLY IN THE CLASSROOM. FORTY-FOUR GIRLS AGED TWELVE TO FIFTEEN WERE DIVIDED INTO A CONTROL AND AN EXPERIMENT GROUP AFTER BEING GIVEN GENERAL INTELLIGENCE TESTS AND TWO PRE-TESTS ON ENGLISH VOCABULARY AND AURAL COMPREHENSION. THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS GIVEN TO ALL THE STUDENTS CONSISTED OF 42 LESSONS, EACH CONTAINING A SHORT DIALOG, VOCABULARY, AND A GRAMMAR FRAME. IN ADDITION, THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP RECEIVED A TRANSFORMATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE GRAMMAR PRESENTED IN THE FRAME. GRAMMAR POINTS FROM THE FRAMES WERE LATER TESTED IN FOUR POST-TESTS. ASSUMING THAT NEITHER GROUP WAS INNATELY SUPERIOR, RESULTS SHOWED LITTLE OR NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUPS IN THE EARLY POST-TESTS, BUT A MARKED INCREASE IN POST-TEST NO. 4 IN FAVOR OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. BECAUSE OF THE APPARENTLY INCONCLUSIVE RESULTS OF THE STUDY, THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS THAT THIS TYPE OF EXPERIMENT WOULD BE MORE VALUABLE CONDUCTED OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. THE REPORT ALSO INCLUDES SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND THE MEASURING INSTRUMENTS USED IN THE TESTS. (FB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Identifiers: Ecuador