ERIC Number: ED162501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Tailoring Language Instruction to Student Needs. The Challenge of Communication. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 6.
Joiner, Elizabeth G.
The interaction of teacher, students, and materials in foreign language study is considered. In the student-centered classroom, the teacher must adapt materials to a particular client or clientele. Student needs and characteristics need to be determined, using diagnostic tools such as aptitude, intelligence and creativity tests, and attitudinal scales. The determination of needs and interests should be an ongoing process rather than merely the first step; observation of the learner as he learns is important. The claims that individualized instruction and minicourse curricula meet the needs of students are examined. Many features typically associated with more innovative programs are being included as components of courses that remain mostly traditional. Many language teachers are using a more eclectic and experimental approach and are attempting to modify familiar techniques, such as drills and dialogues. Some use of the language for authentic communicative purposes even in beginning courses is frequently advocated. Teachers are adapting and supplementing standard teaching materials to meet the needs of students rather than following a single text or program. Personalized exercises, special group and individual projects, and communicative exercises help to meet the emotional, psychological, and social needs of students. (SW)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, Diagnostic Teaching, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Modern Language Curriculum, Pattern Drills (Language), Second Language Learning, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods
Not Available Separately; FL 009 619
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.