ERIC Number: ED060731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Individualized Seminar in American Culture and English as a Second Language at the Culture Learning Institute, East-West Center.
Smith, Larry E.
This report presents a description of a seminar in American culture and English-as-a-second-language which allows the students to learn what they want, at their own rate. The teacher serves as a guide and helps the student plan and evaluate his studies. Students may also assume the function of communicating knowledge or ability to each other. Instructional materials depend on the interests of the participants. Basic and constant in the course is a textbook designed to promote language fluency which provides resource material for group discussions usually lasting 20 to 30 minutes. A variety of 15-minute tapes, ranging from simple dialogues to complex lectures and directions, are also used; each tape includes comprehension questions and answers. Each student maintains a folder to record his classroom activity. Students spend at least half their seminar time on cultural "adventures" outside the classroom. In the classroom, they record their impressions and ask any questions. The teacher listens to the tapes and makes suggestions for language development. A list of suggested cultural activities is provided. (VM)
Descriptors: Adults, American Culture, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education, English (Second Language), Individual Activities, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Fluency, Language Proficiency, Language Programs, Language Skills, Peer Teaching, Program Design, Second Language Learning, Seminars, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Sixth Annual TESOL Convention, Washington, D. C., March 1, 1972, and published as Working Paper No. 11 of the East-West Culture Learning Institute