ERIC Number: ED340245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging the Gap: From GCSE to "A" Level. Pathfinder 7.
Thorogood, John; King, Lid
Based on widespread teacher perceptions that British upper secondary school students entering advanced language courses are poorly prepared, an approach for making the transition to advanced language instruction is suggested. Teachers are invited to use existing syllabuses creatively to develop language awareness as well as language skills. Four aspects of curriculum design and development are discussed: (1) the need to create a new model of progression through language learning; (2) beginning with and building on students' existing strengths and knowledge level, emphasizing collaboration, self-assessment, and study skills; (3) progressing from known to unknown in syllabus content; and (4) incorporating grammar into a syllabus designed around topics and skills. Specific examples of classroom techniques and activities are provided in French, Spanish, and German. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Articulation (Education), Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, General Education, Prior Learning, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Secondary Education
Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, Regent's College, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS, United Kingdom (3.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, London (England).
Identifiers: United Kingdom