ERIC Number: ED211663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Needs-Oriented Language Learning for Adults (BISVUX).
Jansson, Karin, Ed.
School Research Newsletter, n7 1981
The BISVUX Project was designed to investigate the linguistic knowledge requirements of adults and to determine the best way of catering to those needs (especially the need to speak the language) in teaching and in studies. Because surveys of the perceived needs of participants in Swedish adult high school English courses, adult learning certificate programs, and study circles indicated that the ability to speak a foreign language is considered more important than any other aspect of language learning, the 79 experimental English language circles included in the BISVUX project focused on building oral communication skills. Included among the learning activites tested in the experimental circles were a variety of exercises centering on speech practice and oral tests given with the aid of interviews taken by a native teacher. Although the language circle participants became less afraid of speaking up than is usually the case in ordinary courses, some aspects of the predominantly oral approach did entail problems. Included among these were heavier demands on the self-discipline of students because of the increased amounts of homework necessary to replace class time traditionally spent on reading and writing and difficulties from the appreciable heterogeneity of the circles. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers: BISVUX Project (Sweden); Study Circles; Sweden
Note: Project conducted at University of Gothenburg, Language Teaching Research Center, Sweden.