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ERIC Number: ED014921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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THE NON-SPECIALIST TEACHER IN FLES.
JOHNSON, CHARLES E.; AND OTHERS
A 3-YEAR EXPERIMENT, BEGUN IN 1959 IN THE CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WAS DESIGNED TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NONSPECIALISTS IN FLES PROGRAMS. THE TWO CONTROL CLASSES IN THE EXPERIMENT WERE TAUGHT BY A SPECIALIST WHO MODELED, APPRAISED, AND REPRESENTED THE CULTURE OF THE LANGUAGE IN AN AUDIOLINGUALLY ORIENTED CLASSROOM SITUATION, WHILE THE TWO EXPERIMENTAL CLASSES, TAUGHT BY NONSPECIALISTS, HAD THEIR LEARNING ACTIVITIES CENTERED ON CLOSED CIRCUIT TELECASTS AND PROFESSIONALLY PREPARED AND COORDINATED TAPES RECORDED BY NATIVE INFORMANTS. ALTHOUGH THE CONTROL GROUPS SURPASSED THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUPS IN THE AREAS OF PRONUNCIATION, ORAL READING, AND IMMEDIACY AND APPROPRIATENESS OF RESPONSE ON THE PICTORIAL, TAPED, AND PERSONAL EVALUATION TESTS, THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUPS PERFORMED SUBSTANTIALLY ABOVE THE ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL OF 60 PERCENT OF THE MEAN RAW SCORE OBTAINED BY THE CONTROL GROUP, WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DETERMINED AS ACCEPTABLE. THE RESULTS SUPPORTED THE HYPOTHESIS THAT GENERAL ELEMENTARY TEACHERS, WITH THE AID OF A SPECIALLY DESIGNED PROGRAM AND NEWER MEDIA, CAN GUIDE FLES STUDENTS TO A LISTENING AND READING COMPREHENSION LEVEL COMPARABLE TO THAT ACHIEVED BY CLASSES TAUGHT BY SPECIALISTS, BUT CANNOT TRAIN STUDENTS ADEQUATELY TO RESPOND IN CONVERSATIONAL SETTINGS. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "MODERN LANGUAGE JOURNAL," VOLUME 51, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1967, PAGES 76-79. (AB)
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations.
Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Champaign)