ERIC Number: ED332516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Training Teachers in the Natural Approach.
Foreman, Mary Margaret
This report describes the use of the natural approach to second language instruction to improve the teacher training program at Purdue University (Indiana). First, the report discusses the establishment of a permanent, non-tenure-track position of Assistant Director for Beginning Levels of Spanish. Second, focus is on the improvement of the orientation program so teacher trainees would be better prepared for their classroom experience. The third part of the program is a one-credit-hour fall semester course in theory and classroom application of the Natural Approach for all new staff teaching introductory courses. The fourth program element involves classroom observation and formal evaluation by the supervisor and students. Use of videotapes of a variety of courses illustrating use of visuals, realia, props, small group and paired activities, and good student-teacher interaction is also anticipated as an extension of the current program design. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Natural Approach (Languages); Purdue University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Indianapolis, IN, March 21-24, 1991).