ERIC Number: ED159879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Syllabuses and Syllabuses in the Light of the Learner's Opportunities, Aims, and Needs.
Lee, W. R.
The term "syllabus" usually refers to an outline statement of what is to be taught and learned in a particular course. Among the several types of statements for language-teaching syllabuses are the grammatical, notional, and situational. These statements are not in themselves syllabuses but can be called pre-syllabuses. A grammatical pre-syllabus is simply a statement of the grammar of the language, viewed from a teaching point of view. A notional pre-syllabus suggests material that appears relevant and well suited to the interests, capacities, and needs of the learners of a particular course. The term "situational" is used in differing ways. It is generally used in reference to the situation in which a piece of syntax is presented so that it may be well understood and meaningfully practiced. In creating any syllabus there has to be a selection from these various pre-syllabuses. There is a need to select grammatical features, notional ones as well as situational features. The distinction between pre-syllabus and syllabus is basic, the latter being which is chosen for a particular course and the former what it is chosen from. In the end, the creation of a syllabus depends upon what the learners want to learn. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Notional Syllabuses; Presyllabus; Situational Syllabus
Note: Paper presented at the Congress of the International Federation of Teachers of Modern Languages (FIPLV), (13th, Lucerne, Switzerland, March 27-April 1, 1978).