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ERIC Number: ED202212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Training Teachers across Cultures: Report on a Fulbright Program in China.
Light, Richard
Four American professors formed a team to provide instruction in English as a second language (ESL) to university professors in the People's Republic of China. Participants received 180 hours of instruction in ESL methodology and English language skills based on individual approaches that covered the Silent Way, Community Language Learning, and more eclectic methods. In addition, participants received instruction in linguistics and American culture. At the end of the program, the participants were polled. Results indicated satisfaction with most of the program. The importance of cultural factors was reflected in the participants' continued insistence that formal lectures--the traditional Chinese approach--are the most highly valued classroom activities. Nevertheless, participants were impressed with the non-traditional approaches, particularly Community Language Learning. Because methodology is virtually absent from Chinese curriculum, participants expressed special appreciation for the methodological approach, and seemed open to even more such instruction. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: China; Fulbright Exchange Program