ERIC Number: ED249770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Exploring Languages and Cultures--An Exploratory Foreign Language Course. A Guide for Teachers.
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
A working guide for teachers in planning and teaching an exploratory course in foreign language and culture presents the basic course structure for nine weeks. Instructional materials are not provided. Course objectives include: (1) exploration of foreign languages and cultures; (2) sensitization to value systems and customs of one's own and other groups; (3) reinforcement of skills in other curricular areas; (4) awareness of language origins and processes; (5) integration of disciplines; (6) oral and visual recognition of the target language; (7) use of simple target language sentences, vocabulary, and structures; (8) following classroom instructions; (9) carrying on simple conversations; (10) understanding of some cultural differences; (11) and the ability to decide whether or not to pursue a foreign language. The guide includes an outline of course goals and rationale, general instructional guidelines, notes on course organization and use of the guide, a course outline, unit topics on language in general, and unit topics on culture (art, dress, education, family, foods, geography, gestures, history, holiday customs, housing, literature, mass media, money, music and dance, religion, shopping, special customs, sports and leisure, travel and transportation, and work). An appendix contains sample pre- and post-tests, sample lesson plans for nine weeks, a lesson plan for the introductory language unit, language samples from French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swahili, and Tagalog, an explanation of symbols, basic and supplementary kit materials, and publishers' addresses. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Course Descriptions, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, FLES, French, German, Introductory Courses, Italian, Lesson Plans, Polish, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
Identifiers: Foreign Language Exploratory Program; Milwaukee Public Schools WI
Note: About half of the document is printed on colored paper.