ERIC Number: ED086010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-22
Reference Count: 0
Draft Outline of a European Units/Credits System for Modern Languages Learning by Adults.
Trim, J. L. M.
This paper details plans for implementing a European units/credits system for modern languages in adult education. Included are a discussion of the rationale for such a system, the aims of its planners, the language learning objectives to be established for the courses, means for individualizing the program to meet the needs of each adult learner, and linguistic theory as related to the instruction of modern languages to adults. By units/credits system is understood a study framework in which a given subject matter is articulated into elements which can be grouped in different ways by different classes of learners in accordance with their needs and interests. Intelligent choice is then possible, and can perhaps be encouraged by recognizing some coherent combinations of elements as constituting "units" of study. Where the mastery of such a unit is relevant to the acquisition of some formal qualification, "credits" can be awarded. A system of this kind appears to offer a promising framework for guidance combined with freedom and flexibility in the, at present, badly unstructured field of adult education. (Author/HW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Conferences, Course Objectives, Credits, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Language Instruction, Linguistic Theory, Modern Languages, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Relevance (Education), Second Language Learning, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France). Committee for Out-of-School Education and Cultural Development.
Note: Paper presented at a symposium on "A European Units/Credits System for Modern Language Learning by Adults," St. Wolfgang, Austria, June 17 through 28, 1973