ERIC Number: ED249806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of French in the People's Republic of China.
A description of the current status of instruction in French as a second language in China looks at its historical background, postsecondary programs, instructional materials, course organization, teaching methods and research, faculty-student relationships, graduate study, extracurricular activities, and recent educational developments in the field. It is stated that in China there are 10 language institutes, in addition to the universities, in which French is taught. Textbooks are prepared by teams of Chinese professors and are designed for two levels in a four-year course. The first level comprises four volumes, each about 350 pages long. First-level lessons contain dialogues, grammatical rules, and exercises. Each lesson is intended for 12 class hours, or one week of instruction. Of these, 2 hours are devoted to grammar, 2 to text analysis, 4 to vocabulary exercises, grammar rules, and content questions, 2 to listening comprehension, 1 to discussion, and 1 to oral presentations. Listening and speaking skills are emphasized at the beginner level. Research into teaching is encouraged, and conferences on teaching occur at three levels: department, school, and national. Each year the Chinese government sends students and researchers abroad for further training and invites foreigners to teach in China or conduct seminars in teacher training. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Course Organization, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Research, Extracurricular Activities, Foreign Countries, French, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Accelerative Learning and Teaching (9th, Houston, TX, May 4-6, 1984); Translated from the French by W. Jane Bancroft.