ERIC Number: ED102852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
What Can We Do? A Student's Viewpoint.
Foreign language enrollment at every level is dropping, and French courses in particular have felt the effects of this reduction. Teachers must begin to see the importance of considering the students' basic attitudes, and they must actively seek to get the students interested in learning a language. Success depends on the teacher's ability to provide the student with a language program that relates to his life outside the classroom, and the intrinsic values of studying a foreign language should be stressed. Foreign language programs should be started earlier in the school curriculum, so the student can reach a reasonable degree of mastery by the time he finishes high school. When asked about their lack of interest in language learning, many students complain of ineffective, "busy work" home assignments, outdated, over-used pattern drills, and long lists of vocabulary for memorization. Teachers must remember that although it is the student's responsibility to learn the basics of the language, it is the teacher who must work to make a class interesting. (Author/PMP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, French, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Speeches, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Teaching Methods
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)