ERIC Number: ED189850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Acting on the Realities in Second-Language Education.
Lapan, Maureen T.
A major factor in the decline of all language instruction has been the tendency to treat language in the classroom as a body of content rather than a medium of communication. Suggestions for a change in curriculum have been plentiful; however, three points of agreement among these suggestions are identifiable as problem areas. First, a reliance on committees has often produced "ground-out" curricula that guarantee teacher frustration. Second, teacher workshops often offend their participants by proselytizing a selected instructional approach. Finally, an emphasis on logical exposition of new instructional ideas is based on an antique notion of human rationality. As an alternative, the dialectal paradigm of Macdonald suggests a dialogic model along the lines of Pritzkau. This model emphasizes an interactive and dynamic role for the teacher. The proposition that the teacher must participate with students as a "first learner" supports the proposition that the teacher must be a major participant in curriculum development. Success in foreign language curriculum development is predicated on success in gaining new public support for foreign language study. Such support will accompany the abandonment of current attitudes of disillusionment with foreign language study. (JB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Publicity, Second Language Instruction, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Not available separately. See FL 011 284.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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