ERIC Number: ED335864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-22
Reference Count: N/A
Up from Under: English Training on the Mines. Report on 1988 Research Project Conducted at Gold Fields Training Services.
Puhl, Carol A.
A South African project investigated effective methods of English language instruction for educationally disadvantaged black gold mine workers. Four instructors taught eight 3-week intensive classes, four by traditional language teaching methods and four by methods used at the Institute for Language Teaching of the University of Stellenbosch (INTUS). These methods promote accelerated learning and include physical and mental relaxation, music to broaden the brain's perceptual abilities, and use of a specially-written story adapted to a particular group of learners with archetypal characters and theme. English language and cognitive skills were measured before and after the courses. Results indicate clearly that this population can learn an appreciable amount of English using this approach. Both experimental and control groups improved their language skills. The experimental (INTUS approach) group showed a greater average gain, not statistically significant, in oral skills, and also improved in cognitive skills, while the control group remained constant. Both groups showed improvement in attitude and affective variables. The experimental group had more vitality and was more critical and thoughtful, while the control group appeared passive. Wider use of and research on the INTUS approach is recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Blacks, Cognitive Development, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Intensive Language Courses, Language Attitudes, Mining, Music Activities, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Relaxation Training, Second Language Programs, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa).
Identifiers: South Africa; University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)