ERIC Number: ED214395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Compact Course: A Curricular Innovation.
A three-year curriculum of "Compact Courses" which was introduced in a secondary school in England is described here. The objectives of each course are terminal; the courses have no fixed length or pattern. The method adopted is that best suited to the teacher in view of the terminal objective. During the first 2 years, students take eight separate 10-week courses in different languages and in various aspects of language, linguistics, and culture. The content for French, Spanish, German, and Italian in the first and second years follows a notional-functional syllabus. In addition to these courses, the students also must take courses in civilization in which they are encouraged to broaden their own interests. The third component is linguistics in which students make explicit their implicit knowledge of English and study the relationships between Indo-European languages at the structural and lexical levels. The third year consists of a one-year Compact Course in French. In this year classes rotate among four teachers, a week at a time. The content of this course is described and a brief description is given of the fourth and fifth year classes that follow a more traditional framework. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (16th, London, England, December 18-21, 1981).