ERIC Number: ED240869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Success Guaranteed: Precision Teaching in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Wakefield, Sandra; And Others
Precision teaching is a useful tool for individualizing drills on a wide variety of foreign language skills. In 5 to 10 minutes per day, students can systematically practice specific skills in need of improvement. The technique has four major components: (1) a precise means of measuring performance continuously, (2) detailed records on behavior charts, (3) a formula for interpreting the charted data, and (4) guidelines for making instructional decisions based on those interpretations. Precision teaching charts record daily student performance gains, and provide visual motivation for students, information for instructional decisions, and understandable communication with students, teachers, and parents. The use of precision teaching builds fluency in the target language and has been shown through research to have positive effects on student achievement. Precision teaching is adaptable to many skills and levels specifically found in the foreign language classroom. The cost in time and expense of the technique is small compared to the potential benefits for students and teachers. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Efficiency, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Experience Charts, Individualized Instruction, Measurement Techniques, Pattern Drills (Language), Precision Teaching, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Colorado Springs, CO, March 1-3, 1984).