ERIC Number: ED218925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
New Orientations in Foreign Language Syllabus Construction and Language Planning: A Case Study of Finland. Bulletin 155/1980.
A report is presented of work in syllabus construction and language planning in Finland from the middle of the 1960s to the present. An introductory chapter describes Finland's parallel educational systems, which provide for speakers of the two official languages, Finnish and Swedish, and for instruction in the other national language as well as other foreign languages. The second part of the report deals with factors affecting syllabus construction, with emphasis on how the curriculum should be constructed, who should construct it, for what audience, and the status it should have. The remainder of the report treats recent developments. The history of syllabus development during the past two decades is traced. The major development in the 1960s was the extension of language instruction to the primary grades. The discussion of the 1970s centers on higher education, the upper secondary school syllabus for nongraded teaching, the common core syllabus for comprehensive secondary schools, a course-based upper secondary school syllabus, and revision of the common core syllabus. The last part of the report deals with the need for models of the teaching system and with general policy for the development of language teaching. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland).
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