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ERIC Number: ED019959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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REPORT AND EVALUATION OF EXPERIMENTAL CLASS IN FRENCH (FRENCH 20) FIRST SEMESTER IN OPERATION.
FARRAR, RONALD D.
THIS EXPERIMENT TESTS CERTAIN INNOVATIONS IN THE PRESENTATION OF A FRENCH COURSE. THE COURSE COVERED, IN ONE SEMESTER, THE MATERIAL NORMALLY GIVEN IN TWO, AND WAS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY BY INTENSIVE CONTACT AND STILL MAINTAIN THE STANDARDS OF FORMAL EXPRESSION AND GRAMMAR. IT WAS GIVEN TWO SUCCESSIVE HOURS PER DAY FOR FIVE DAYS A WEEK TO REDUCE OUTSIDE INTERRUPTIONS. EIGHT UNITS OF CREDIT WERE GIVEN (NO PARTIALS, EVEN FOR HALF THE COURSE). THE CLASS WAS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR STUDENTS WITH A SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LANGUAGE, NOT FOR THOSE NEEDING ONLY THE REGULAR PROGRAM. THE STUDENTS VARIED FROM SOME WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH TO OTHERS WITH CONSIDERABLE BACKGROUND IN IT. THIS HETEROGENEITY, PLUS DEFICIENCIES IN THE LANGUAGE LABORATORY AND AN INADEQUATE TEXT, PRODUCED SOME MINOR DIFFICULTIES. TWO INSTRUCTORS CONDUCTED THE CLASSES, ALTHOUGH THIS TOOK MUCH EXTRACURRICULAR COORDINATION AND PLANNING. THE COURSE WAS EVALUATED BY TEACHER OBSERVATION AND ANALYSIS, BY ORAL AND WRITTEN TESTS OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE, AND BY A SPECIAL STUDENT EVALUATION. COMPARISON OF TEST SCORES OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND THE SUCCESSIVE-SEMESTER GROUP SHOWED THE GREATER EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NEW SYSTEM. THE STUDENT EVALUATION SHOWED APPRECIATION OF THE VARIETY PROVIDED BY THE TEAM TEACHING, OF THE CARE SHOWN IN LESSON PREPARATION, AND OF THE INTENSIVE METHOD OF PRESENTATION. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; Los Angeles City College CA