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ERIC Number: ED013578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Nov
Pages: 6
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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PEACE CORPS.
SMITH, GEORGE E.
SINCE THE STRENGTH OF THE PEACE CORPS EFFORT DEPENDS ON THE VOLUNTEERS' ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN THE HOST COUNTRY, INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSES, PATTERNED AFTER THOSE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AND FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTES, OCCUPY 30 TO 40 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE 8-TO 10-WEEK PRELIMINARY TRAINING PERIOD. BASED ON GENERAL PEACE CORPS GUIDELINES, THESE AUDIOLINGUAL, CULTURE-ORIENTED INTENSIVE PROGRAMS, USING CLASSROOM PRESENTATION SUPPLEMENTED BY ACTIVE LABORATORY REINFORCEMENT AND GUIDED PRACTICE WITH NATIVE INFORMANTS, HAVE PRODUCED SPEAKERS WITH A RELIABLE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. BECAUSE OF THE STUDENTS' STRONG MOTIVATION, AFTER A FEW MONTHS IN THE HOST COUNTRY, THIS ABILITY USUALLY HAS INCREASED TO A REASONABLE FLUENCY THAT PERMITS THE VOLUNTEERS TO CONDUCT CLASSES, LECTURE, AND CONVERSE COMPETENTLY WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS. FOR SOME OF THE 31 LANGUAGES TAUGHT, NEW TEACHING TECHNIQUES HAVE BEEN DEVISED. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "AUDIOVISUAL INSTRUCTION," VOLUME 7, NUMBER 9, NOVEMBER 1962, PAGES 638-641. (AB)
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Identifiers: PEACE CORPS