ERIC Number: ED215586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Rassias: Intensive Language Programs at Large and Small Institutions. Intensive and Super German at Earlham College.
Two approaches to college second language instruction are described. One, an on-campus option, gives students a classroom opportunity that is similar to the intensive/immersion program, which is a ten-week intensive language course followed by a ten-week program in Mexico, France, or Germany. The on-campus option, called "Super," is a two-credit course which assumes three contact hours a day and considerable homework. "Intensive," the first part of the intensive/immersion option, is a one-credit course assuming three contact hours per day and no homework. The approach, method, and pedagogical theory behind both courses was inspired by the Dartmouth Model or the Rassias Method, a process in which students encounter and re-encounter the structure of the language aiming toward fluency. The Intensive and Super Courses go beyond this model in that the courses are taken in a supportive environment with emphasis on the sending and receiving of messages. The method has been favorably received among students and faculty with the result that each year there is a stable number of majors. By way of conclusion, suggestions are given to other teachers and institutions regarding the need to work harder in such a program, to train student instructors, to promise and deliver communication skill, and to be eclectic in methodology. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dartmouth Rassias Method
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Modern Language Association (New York, NY, December 26-30, 1981).