ERIC Number: ED163809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Waystage: Systems Development in Adult Language Learning. An Intermediary Objective Below Threshold-Level in a European Unit/Credit System for Modern Language Learning by Adults.
van Ek, J. A.; Alexander, L. G.
The "waystage" objective for adult modern language learning in the European unit/credit system is described. Waystage is an intermediary objective below "threshold level," the latter stage being the minimum proficiency level likely to be required to function adequately in temporary contacts with foreign language speakers in everyday situations. The Waystage level is not a terminal objective but an articulation point for courses leading up to threshold level. The model specifying all language learning objectives within the unit/credit system is described, and principles used in the derivation of waystage from threshold level are discussed. A qeneral description of the waystage objective and content specification in terms of functions, notions, and their exponents are covered, and the total lexical and structural content of the objective is presented in the form of lexical and structural inventories. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Communicative Competence (Languages), Credit Courses, Educational Objectives, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Models, Modern Language Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Europe; Unit Credit System