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ERIC Number: ED104165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 16
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Adding the T.I.P. Dimension: A Case for Extra-Curricular Programs in Foreign Language Study.
Thayer, Marilyn
In an effort to find a greater source of motivation and incentive in an activity in which the students would go beyond the textbook to use their foreign language skills, a total immersion German-speaking weekend camping excursion was undertaken at the Mexico Academy and Central School in Mexico, N.Y. The activity was organized by one language teacher and easily accomodated 25 students of all levels; therefore, the program is suitable for schools of all sizes and may be expanded or minimized to meet the needs and aspirations of interested teachers. The main purposes of the weekend were to provide a new impetus for German language learning (and teaching) and to encourage the students to speak as fluently and as often as possible in German. Complete descriptions of location, expenses, grouping, native (or near-native) supervision, guests, activities schedule, menu, post-questionnaires, and conclusions are included here. An adaptation of the Mary Dufort Student Attitude Scale (1962) was developed. The scale determined that the weekend excursion had improved student attitudes toward language and language learning and that student interest and motivation had increased as a direct result of the total immersion experience. (Author/PMP)
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