ERIC Number: ED043021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-30
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A Draft Plan for Experimental Learning Model: New Directions Volunteer-in-Training.
This paper describes the TALK (Technician/Apprentice Language Kit) model for "blue collar" Peace Corps trainees. The model seeks to overcome the low language aptitude of such trainees in academic learning situations by emphasizing their demonstrated task-oriented language learning ability. It also seeks to address the problem of inadequate teachers by employing a few highly-qualified supervisory instructors while capitalizing on the minimal teaching ability of the HCN (host country national) teaching apprentices. TALK has three chief features: (1) its one-to-one technician-to-apprentice design; (2) its applicability to cross-cultural training; (3) its status as a collection of learning elements: expert supervisory instructors, monolingual apprentices, craft-oriented language materials, a shop and necessary machines for the practice of the skills in question. The model rests on assumptions about the role of conviction in language learning (e.g., that any normal adult can learn as much of a foreign language as he is thoroughly convinced he needs), and on the importance of personal relationships with monolingual speakers of the target language. Earl Stevick's memorandum on the Mikro-Kor Plan for language learning, which stresses task oriented learning and close relationship with the HCN instructor, and the "Summary of TALK model for Ceylon Blue Collar Workers" are appended. (FWB)
Descriptors: Blue Collar Occupations, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Background, Family Environment, Language Ability, Language Instruction, Models, Paralinguistics, Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Task Performance, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Trainees
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Sponsor: Peace Corps, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.