ERIC Number: ED102845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of an Activity-Referenced Foreign Language Methods Course.
Probst, Glen Weston
This paper offers suggestions about the content and organization of a foreign language methods course. It begins with a list of basic skills that must be taught: (1) directing a pattern drill, (2) teaching a concrete word, (3) teaching an abstract word, (4) teaching a short dialogue, (5) teaching a contrastive structure in morphology and syntax, (6) developing and using grammatical generalizations, (7) teaching the initial steps of reading, and (8) presenting culture capsules. The methods course described here is divided into three phases. The first phase has the student micro-teaching his peer group. During the second phase the methods students micro-teach students of high school or junior high school age. The final phase puts the methods student in an authentic practice-teaching situation at the college level. After each phase an oral self-evaluation is solicited from each student teacher, and the members of the class just taught are also asked to give feedback about the methods student. Several other activities that might be included in the methods course are recommended here: (1) materials evaluation, (2) constructing learning activity packets, (3) writing tests, (4) working with interaction analysis, (5) employing the media, (6) developing visual packages, (7) writing instructional objectives, (8) student projects, and (9) lectures by professionals in the field of education. (PMP)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Organization, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Methods Courses, Microteaching, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
Not Available Separately; See FL 006 790
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 790 and FL 006 690-716; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the PNCFL (25th, Spokane, Washington, 1974)