ERIC Number: ED162504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Extending the Teacher: From Text to Context. The Challenge of Communication. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 6.
Teachers frequently extend their activities beyond what is found in the text by expanding materials in the text or by creating a context for achieving their objectives for the course independent of the text. Teachers who extend beyond the text generally focus their attention on some important aspect of the total program: greater amounts of student drill in order to master basic pronunciation or patterns; more frequent, extensive, and creative use of the target language; and increased experience with various facets of the culture. Some of the techniques currently being used by teachers in the United States are examined with attention to the impact on the teacher. The following techniques/materials are covered: individualization; classroom games and inexpensive materials; commercially prepared games; radio broadcasts; film/tape presentations; programmed texts and computer-assisted instruction; and the team approach using student aides and paraprofessionals. The need to provide a context for creative student activity is pointed out. Ideas about providing conversational practice and integrating the cultural with the linguistic component are discussed, including the use of role playing and dramatic activities. Learning resources in the community, language festivals, and language camps are also covered. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Class Activities, Computer Assisted Instruction, Creative Activities, Educational Games, Educational Radio, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Learning Activities, Resource Materials, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching
Not Available Separately; See 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.