ERIC Number: ED219930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
FLIP: French Language Intensive Program.
Degenhart, R. Elaine; Bond, Carol
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n2 p21-30 Fall 1981
A census of secondary schools in Illinois as well as in the nation has revealed that less than 25% of the students are enrolled in foreign language classes. While most secondary schools in Illinois offer some foreign language instruction, there are small rural schools that are unable to offer a solid program. The French Language Intensive Program (FLIP) was designed especially for students in these schools. This program was offered to seniors and was held during an entire academic year. During this time 2 years of an ordinary high school French course were covered. The class met for 3 hours each day and included a variety of activities designed to enable the students to use the language and engage their attention. Communication activities centered on the cultural focus of the course, the French-speaking world, and situations of interest to the students, as well as drills and questions based on the text materials. Among the results of the class were the progress in the student's ability to express themselves in French and the ease with which they acquired reading skills. This class was held in pleasant surroundings apart from the regular school setting. Although this is a plus-factor, the key to its success was long and careful advance planning. (AMH)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Creative Teaching, Educational Innovation, French, High School Seniors, Intensive Language Courses, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see FL 013 032.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.