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ERIC Number: ED018159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 5
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THE WEAKEST LINK IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING.
TURNER, DAYMOND
DESPITE RENEWED INTEREST IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING, THE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IS THE WEAKEST LINK IN A CHAIN OF INSTRUCTION EXTENDING FROM THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THROUGH THE POST-DOCTORAL LEVEL. IMPROVEMENT OF UNDERGRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IS IN PART CONTINGENT UPON A REAPPRAISAL BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ITS ROLE IN PREPARING COLLEGE TEACHERS. GRADUATE SCHOOLS MIGHT ADD TO THEIR PRESENT OFFERINGS (IN CULTURE AND LITERATURE) COURSES IN METHODS, LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS, AND ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL CONTROL, AND ALSO DEMAND A DEMONSTRATION OF FUNCTIONAL CONTROL IN THE FOUR SKILL AREAS AS A PREREQUISITE FOR ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM AND FOR THE BEGINNING OF TEACHING. ON THE UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL, FUNCTIONAL SKILL COURSES ARE STILL NECESSARY DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION, AND MUST, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVES, PROVIDE CONTINUITY OF PROGRAM, MORE CONTACT HOURS OF INSTRUCTION, AND SMALLER CLASSES, AND BE STAFFED BY INSTRUCTORS WELL-VERSED IN THE METHODS AND GOALS OF AUDIOLINGUAL INSTRUCTION. THIS ARTICLE IS A REPRINT FROM "IMPROVING COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TEACHING," SUMMER 1967. (AUTHOR/SS)
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