ERIC Number: ED227703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Handbook for Foreign Language Educators. Working Edition.
Dunn, David; And Others
A handbook for foreign language educators, which was prepared by a Pennsylvania Department of Education task force, is presented. After stating the rationale, benefits, and goals of foreign language study, attention is directed to the organization and content of the curriculum. Additional considerations are evaluation of second language learners and the preparation of foreign language teachers. Advantages of foreign language study include the development of communication skills, analytical thinking, and understanding of others. Major skills involved in foreign language learning are aural comprehension, oral mastery, and analytical thinking. The foreign language curriculum should be organized according to individual differences in the rate of learning along with the aptitude for each language skill. Additionally, the content varies according to the language studied, the age of the student, and the needs and interests of the student. As a supplement to the discussion, the following materials are included: (1) a list of techniques to inform the public of the value of foreign language study; (2) a list of possible foreign language-related occupations; (3) a list of professional organizations of foreign language teachers in Pennsylvania; (4) a list of behavioral objectives for listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing; (5) a list of cultural concepts that are included in foreign language study; (6) a scale and checklist for interviewing prospective teachers; and (7) a list of criteria for teacher self-evaluation. (SW)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Attitudes, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Listening Comprehension, Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.