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ERIC Number: ED019898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 16
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FOREIGN AND SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING IN THE USSR.
LEWIS, E. GLYN
THREE BRITISH SPECIALISTS, VISITING THE SOVIET UNION IN 1961, STUDIED BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN SOVIET ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THEIR EXAMINATION OF THE TYPES OF SCHOOLS, LANGUAGE POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY, TEACHER TRAINING, METHODOLOGY, AND MATERIALS REVEALED THAT SOVIET EDUCATORS WERE INTENT UPON IMPROVING FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS, ESPECIALLY ENGLISH. INNOVATIONS INCLUDE EARLIER INTRODUCTION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, SMALLER CLASSES, WIDE USE OF MECHANICAL TEACHING AIDS, AND THE USE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN OTHER SUBJECT AREAS. ALSO, WIDER PRESERVICE AND INSERVICE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED. SOVIET LANGUAGE SPECIALISTS SEEM TO HAVE A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE, AND THEY APPROACH FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION AS A SCIENTIFIC OPERATION. ALTHOUGH EMPHASIS ON UNIFORM CURRICULUM RESULTS IN SOME WASTAGE AND LACK OF ATTENTION TO INDIVIDUAL STUDENT DEVELOPMENT, LANGUAGE PROGRAMS APPEAR GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL AND ARE CARRIED OUT WITH "ALMOST CLINICAL EFFICIENCY AND OBJECTIVITY." (AR)
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Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English-Teaching Information Centre.
Identifiers: USSR