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ERIC Number: ED064996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-12
Pages: 22
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Individualizing Foreign Language Instruction: New Myths and Old Realities.
Grittner, Frank M.
Three interrelated, principal factors bearing on the concept of "individualized instruction" are critically examined in this study. They include the notions of: (1) "integrity of the discipline," (2) "democratization" of instruction, and (3) academic accountability. Discussion of the growing mythology surrounding individualized instruction reveals critical weaknesses and basic, contradictory educational objectives in such teaching methods. While the value of educational "democratization" cannot be denied, the realities of educational financing and the nature of language instruction itself preclude the success of individualized programs of instruction at this time. The author concludes by noting that "...overall, individualization appears to be no more effective than conventional lockstep instruction insofar as student 'achievement' is concerned." (RL)
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Note: Speech presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Kiamesha Lake, New York, October 12, 1971