ERIC Number: ED345528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Proficiency-Based Instruction: Implications for Methodology.
Hadley, Alice Omaggio
Issues and Developments in English and Applied Linguistics (IDEAL), v3 p25-37 1988
Issues in second language teaching methodology are discussed in light of the concept of proficiency as defined in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. It is proposed that rather than think in terms of identifying one optimal methodology for all second language learners, the profession should be seeking an organizing principle that will help make sense of the variety of methodologies and approaches already available or possible in the future. The concept of proficiency is seen as having the potential to serve as such an organizer. Ways in which one might view language instruction in the light of proficiency are presented, including proposal of several hypotheses about proficiency-based language instruction. The term"methodology" is defined and characteristics of various methodologies are compared and contrasted in terms of this organizing principle. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
Note: For the complete volume, see FL 020 221.