ERIC Number: ED223074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Deschooling Language Study in East Africa: The Zambia Plan.
Roberts, David Harrill
The second language learning methods of Southern Baptist missionaries in Zambia are described. Instead of studying the new language in a school setting, the student receives a week of orientation and is then placed in the community and expected to practice communicating with the native speakers at every opportunity. The student follows a course prepared by the Foreign Service Institute and uses textbooks for self-teaching. The emphasis is placed on observation of and involvement with the native population as well as frequent practice speaking the new language with native speakers. A native language informant is employed by each missionary to assist in intonation and pronunciation. A series of language drill tapes and a self-paced program titled "First Lessons in Bemba" provide support for language practice. The student prepares a speech related to daily living and then practices it in the community as often as possible during the course of a day. This language learning approach has been successful and widely accepted by the Zambians. It is seen as a means of combatting the ethnocentrism and cultural myopia prevalent in the United States and learning about the diverse languages and cultures of the world. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Delaware Symposium on Language Study (Newark, DE, October 1979).