ERIC Number: ED370400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Experiential Language Learning for Professional Experts.
Cruciani, Renee; And Others
This paper describes the language training courses provided by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) to government employees and their dependents, focusing on the use of experiential language learning and "bridging" classroom study to practical applications. Bridges are an important part of the FSI training program not only because they target job-related needs, but because they are consonant with adult learning styles. Students in the class analyze and identify their own needs, using the teacher as a resource person and facilitator. They then conduct role playing and on-site exercises to develop practical language skills. Self-evaluation is a continuing element of the curriculum. The principles of this approach are illustrated through a module developed for spouses of Foreign Service Officers who are required to use French for semi-official purposes in Francophone countries. The bridging technique of language learning can be adapted to any language course with little cost or advanced preparation. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Foreign Service Institute DC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 31-April 3, 1993).