ERIC Number: ED336933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Conversion to a Proficiency Oriented Curriculum at the University Level.
Rogers, Carmen Villegas; And Others
A state grant to the Department of Romance Languages of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville has allowed development of a proficiency-based curriculum for first- and second-year French and Spanish. Most of the effort to date has been preparation of the syllabus based on specified goals and objectives, or student outcomes, focusing on allowing students enough time to practice functions included in the objectives. Other features incorporated include language functions, contexts, grammar, and lexicon, spiraling of functions and content areas, language skill practice, and a cultural component. Comparison of the new syllabus with a traditional one illustrates the changes involved in redesigning a curriculum to reflect a communicative emphasis. While they treat similar topics and structures, the proficiency-based syllabus places greater emphasis on what the student will be able to do communicatively with the language. Instructional materials have been selected for piloting in this program, and supplementary materials are being gathered. Preparation of teaching assistants includes workshops, observation, provision of lesson plans, and involvement in material selection. Expansion into the semi-intensive language program is anticipated. A number of benefits have already accrued to faculty, department materials and equipment collections, and community. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Competency Based Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Departments, French, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Language Proficiency, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, State Universities, Teacher Education, Teaching Assistants
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Note: In: New Challenges and Opportunities. Dimension: Languages 87. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p15-28, 1988. For the proceedings, see FL 019 352.