ERIC Number: ED035876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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A Microwave Course in English as a Second Language (For Spanish Speakers).
Harding, Deborah A.; And Others
The distinctive feature of this "microwave" course (based on Stevick's approach to foreign language teaching) is the emphasis on communicative use of each structural element as soon as it appears. The principal component is a series of short "cycles," each beginning with the introduction of new material and ending when that same new material has been used for communication. The course contains 107 cycles presented in a bilingual format: English on the right-hand page, with the corresponding colloquial translation in Spanish on the left. Grammatical and cultural notes to the student, in Spanish, appear after most cycles. Prefacing each of the three volumes is a short explanation of the "microwave" approach; included at the end of every volume are suggestions for setting up"lifelike situations" in the classroom, discussion topics, pronunciation aids, a list of irregular verbs, and an alphabetical index of the vocabulary items used in the text. The accompanying Teacher's Manual provides a fuller discussion of the general principles underlying the methodology followed in the course; general guidelines for teaching the cycle, review, reading and writing, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural patterns; and specific instructions for teaching each cycle. This course appears separately bound in three volumes or in a composite edition. (AMM)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Contrastive Linguistics, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Pattern Drills (Language), Spanish Speaking, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Translation
Lingoco Corporation, 1043 Coast Boulevard South, La Jolla, California 92037 (Books 1-3 $2.60 each, Composite volume $6.50, Teacher's Manual $1.25)
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Authoring Institution: Lingoco Corp., La Jolla, CA.