ERIC Number: ED252079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Languages for Children at Tarrant County Junior College: A Ten-Year Report.
In response to requests of adult students for foreign language instruction for their kindergarten and elementary school aged children, and after researching the availability of such instruction in the area, Tarrant County Junior College developed a series of nonsequential courses of 12 lessons each on common topics such as parts of the body, the family, the house, clothing, the beach, food, pets, the circus, and the professions that could be regrouped perodically so that students dropping out for a semester or more would be able to return with interest. Enrollment was limited to 15, and the courses were designed to suit the schedules of children and families. The emphasis was on listening comprehension and basic speech production. The materials development included production of"parent papers" to inform parents of each unit's content, and cassette tapes for students to take home. Spanish was the first language offered, and French and German were added within a few years. After 5 years, courses for junior high school students were added in all languages, and a course for students of a local private school and a conversational French practice course for high school students were also developed. The most difficult problem in the program's 10 years has been finding good teachers, and most of the instruction has been by part-time faculty. Other major considerations are scheduling and coordination of classes, providing materials and equipment, design of publicity, and student recruitment. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tarrant County Junior College TX
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition by Children (Oklahoma City, OK, March 29, 1985).