ERIC Number: ED034454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1959-Nov-30
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Independent Evaluation of the Language Institute Program for the Summer of 1959.
Freeman, Stephen A.
This independent evaluation, prepared for the United States Office of Education, of the first National Defense Education Act Summer Institutes for elementary and secondary school teachers of foreign languages describes general objectives of National Defense Education Act Institutes and procedures for evaluation. Mention is made of experimentation and innovation including discussion of a required Russian or Japanese "shock course" for teachers. Noting the general success of the 12 Institutes, the report emphasizes three areas for improvement: (1) additional materials should be developed concerning audio-lingual skills, (2) courses and learning experiences should be of a direct and participatory nature, and (3) curriculum design should be integrated whenever possible. The most successful areas of work are judged to be: (1) practical application of the target language, (2) use of demonstration classes involving new methods and techniques, (3) practice teaching, (4) group discussion, and (5) individual criticism. Discussion of the harm done to the program by traditional concepts of "graduate credit" and "course requirement" is noted. For the report of the 1960 Institutes see FL 001 528. (RL)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Audiolingual Skills, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Institutes (Training Programs), Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Language Instruction, National Programs, Program Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Secondary School Teachers, Summer Programs, Teacher Education
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act