ERIC Number: ED030852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Where Is Programmed Language Instruction Most Effective?
In this paper the author hopes to "persuade methodologists and foreign language teachers to attack the problem of foreign language acquisition" from what he considers to be a "more strategic angle." He is concerned with how language proficiency, rather than the individual skills, can be taught. The author doubts whether it is possible to develop foreign language proficiency in an artificial, unicultural situation by any known method but suggests that in order to find out any experimental program be tried out first on foreign language majors rather than beginning language students. If it succeeds with them, then the method can be applied "downward" to non-majors, first to advanced students, then to intermediate students, and finally to elementary students. How far "down" one can go will depend on the extent to which a foreign language program is geared exclusively to the acquisition of language. The acquisition of foreign language skills should take precedence over any linguistically, esthetically, or educationally oriented considerations. (DO)
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Identifiers: Nucleation (Language Learning)
Note: Paper presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 1969.