ERIC Number: ED238281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Arts in the Grades: A Conceptual Approach (F.L.A.G.).
Benya, Rosemarie A.; Myer, Bettye L.
Although three types of foreign language program exist in elementary schools (immersion, partial immersion, and core courses), there is no conclusive evidence as to what length of instruction time results in greater student achievement. A logical approach to foreign language teaching at the elementary level is one that integrates foreign language learning, concept development, and cross-cultural understanding. Foreign Language Arts in the Grades (FLAG) is designed with concept development as a primary goal. Concept development is the process of generalizing or creating abstract categories. The teacher helps this generalization process through carefully constructed questions in the native language, leading the children through a discovery process. The inquiry process relates both to the language structures being learned and to other concepts being developed in other subject areas. Curriculum planning in FLAG involves decisions in seven areas: selection of concepts, long-term goals for concepts and language proficiency, relationships of concepts to children's world, development of minimal objectives for language proficiency and concept development, utilization of resources and materials, evaluation techniques, and sequencing and articulation. A team effort between the classroom teacher and foreign language teacher can result in a richer overall program. (MSE)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Development, Program Implementation, Second Language Programs, Teacher Qualifications
Not available separately; see FL 014 137.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (15th, St. Louis, MO, 1983).