ERIC Number: ED177906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
From a Bird's Eye View to a Worm's Eye View: A Comprehension-Based Program of Foreign Language Instruction.
Manning, Phyllis J.
The language teaching method presented here is an inter-related set of techniques for teaching target comprehension skills directly to students on both university and high school levels. Three elements of the method are discussed: (1) the basics of a comprehension-based classroom; (2) the expanded speaking component; and (3) the expanded reading component. The discussion of "basics" centers on the modification of the "total physical response method" and the degree of error-correction used. The second section describes some speaking activities that were used in a two-week summer camp for high school students in second and third semester German. The third section treats instruction on the university level in reading for an explicit information-gathering purpose. In view of this objective, training was provided in reading strategies from very early in the course. In a method such as this one, the burden of proving to the student that intelligent gussing will be as "rewarding" as memorization falls upon the teacher. Intelligent wrong answers to problem-solving tasks are to be rewarded as well as grammatically incorrect but comprehensible answers to informational questions. Training in listening and reading techniques, data gathering and analysis, and inference-making skills is beneficial to the student in approaching any language, including the native language. (AMH)
Descriptors: Comprehension, German, Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Document presented at The Joint Southern Conference on Language Teaching and Texas Foreign Language Association Conference (San Antonio, TX, October 19-21, 1978)